Captain Harry Kane scored twice, including an injury-time winner and saved England’s blushes as Gareth Southgate’s laboured to victory over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup.
Our talisman nodded home the winner from close range in the 91st minute following Harry Maguire’s flick-on from a corner, adding to his first half finish in Volgograd.
Southgate has instilled a feel-good factor in the side since taking over in November 2016 and England showed flashes of thrilling attacking football, however poor finishing was a let down.
Englands pace caused Tunisia plenty of problems as Jesse Lingard had a close-range shot brilliantly saved by Mouez Hassen and Raheem Sterling scuffed a shot wide in the first five minutes.
England opened the scoring in the 11th minute after Kane poked home after Hassen brilliantly kept out John Stones’ header.
However Tunisia equalised through Ferjani Sassi’s penalty after former Tottenham full back Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
England did have close chances through a Maguire header, while Dele Alli headed against the crossbar and Lingard poked a shot on to a post but Kane’s injury time goal sealed victory.
England now play Panama, who were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in their opener, in their next Group G game on Sunday, which kicks off at 13:00pm
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