England 2 - 1 Tunisia

England fans clash with Tunisians in Marseille

England fans clash with Tunisians in Marseille

The Tottenham striker headed an injury-time victor to earn a 2-1 victory for England in their first World Cup match on Monday, having earlier opened the scoring with an 11th-minute volley.

Harry Kane scored twice, including a 91st- minute victor to secure a vital opening 2-1 win for Gareth Southgate's side over a dogged and resilient Tunisia side.

After Kane opened the scoring in the 11th minute, England was guilty of wasting a number of first-half chances to extend its lead before Ferjani Sassi levelled from the penalty spot.

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Southgate is one of the few coaches who are employing two forwards in a fluid 3-5-2 system this World Cup, hoping to cash in on Sterling's club form but the Manchester City man proved to be a shadow of his revitalized Etihad avatar as he became ever so insignificant as the match went on.

Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says Kyle Walker should have been sent off for his elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef but is pleased England beat Tunisia. It was from Maguire's headed pass that the other Harry - Kane that is - nodded in for England's victor in stoppage time.

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Both of the Three Lions' goals came from corner kicks with Kane supplying the finishing touch on each occasion.

"In a World Cup, you're never sure how it's going to go and in recent years the first games have always been hard".

"Panama were obdurate opponents against Belgium for 45 minutes, so we'll have to prepare 100 per cent for that game to get the right result".

They will need to be better than this when they face stronger opponents, but you can not overstate the importance of belief and confidence for this England squad. "The first-time they play a good team with that defence, I think they'll get eaten alive". We created a lot of clear-cut chances in the first half, as many as I remember, and have to be more ruthless with those.

He added: "I probably wouldn't have played Dele Alli in that [Tunisia] game and I wouldn't have been fussed about playing him against Panama. The VAR not giving England a penalty retrospectively was a wrong call", he said. "There were a lot of decisions against us and maybe there was a bit of justice at the end".

"We've seen it at the World Cup that big teams like Germany, Argentina, France and Brazil have all struggled with that". To take anything out of the game Southgate probably has to limit his ambition and play Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier together.

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