England Tunisia players swarmed by tiny bugs ahead of Group G opener

Danny Woods
June 18, 2018

England's strong start to their World Cup opener against Tunisia was ruined 35 minutes in after Kyle Walker was whistled for a foul in the box on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

So, as England remain a work in progress, but when they play at speed, they are a hard night for anyone.

The eyes of the nation will be focused on the Volgograd Arena when Southgate's exciting young side take to the field in their first major tournament match since the humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. There is also little, if any, controversy surrounding the squad unlike in previous major meets.

Gary Cahill or Harry Maguire?

The teams have met before on the World Cup stage, with England winning 2-0 in the 1998 group stage on goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.

More news: Marcus Rashford still absent as England tune up for Tunisia

Ashley Young and Jordan Henderson have been chosen ahead of Danny Rose and Eric Dier as England chase a flying start to the finals.

Despite his goal in the friendly win over Costa Rica at Elland Road, Marcus Rashford begins with a place on the bench as Raheem Sterling, arguably one of England's brightest players over the course of the season, playing off Harry Kane in a front two.

Tunisia will look to alter that narrative, however, with France-born Montpellier midfielder Ellyes Skhiri and Rennes forward Wahbi Khazri leading the charge in the absence of injured midfield star Youssef Msakni.

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Both teams enter the match healthy and with positive vibes, but can Tunisia spring the surprise and shock the world?

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