Captain Harry Kane Proud Of England's Persistence

What England must get right on and off the pitch to beat Tunisia

Harry Kane's late victor secured England a 2-1 opening victory in Group G with Alli looking unsafe, particularly during an excellent early spell for Gareth Southgate's side.

Following his heroics against Tunisia in England's World Cup opener, Harry Kane duly obliged to undertake his media duties. but not how or where you expected.

Gareth Southgate's men nearly paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first half chances (Jesse Lingard being the worst offender) when Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before the interval.

Before this fixture, Kane had not scored in a major tournament, but, after his all-important double, he becomes the first England player to score twice in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990.

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his team's second and game-winning goal.

The introduction of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek revived Southgate's attack in the closing stages of the game and the England manager told The Guardian: "The guys who came on had a different threat".

That was how it stayed as England struggled to break down the resilient north Africans, before they finally found a way through the massed defensive ranks when Kane swiveled to head home in stoppage-time.

It was a remarkable World Cup debut for Kane, who bore the added pressure of the captain's armband and the weight of a nation on his 24-year-old shoulders.

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The Three Lions could have had more opportunities had referee Wilmar Roldan seen Kane wrestled to the ground during two second-half corners.

"We had to keep monitoring Dele", said England boss Gareth Southgate on Monday.

England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.

"I thought they were pretty ordinary", Dunphy said on RTE Sport.

"I would thank all my players for the defensive attitude".

VAR has overall been received well with the referees being helped to take many correct decisions without much effect on the flow of the game.

"We created a lot of clear-cut chances in the first half, as many as I remember, but we have to learn to be ruthless with those". "There were a lot of decisions against us and maybe there was a bit of justice at the end".

Southgate will be hopeful that Kane and co. will be well clear of such problems when they take on Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday. It's hard to win a match in the World Cup against anyone.

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