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Kane relief as last-gasp England escape with Tunisia win

Harry Kane England Nigeria 2018 Kane relief as last-gasp England escape with Tunisia win
Julia Gonzales | 20 June, 2018, 02:42

Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil all failed to win their opening game at the World Cup so England have every right to be pleased with their last-gasp 2-1 success over Tunisia - despite some shaky moments.

OK, it is not quite virgin ground for England, but getting off to a winning start in a major tournament is something of a rarity for the 1966 World Cup winners. His header led to Harry Kane's goal but a swing and a miss in the 39 minute was not his best effort on goal.

England shouldn't have found it so tough in its Group G opener against such opposition.

Gary Neville believes beating Tunisia allows England to be more relaxed going into their second game with Panama.

" Maybe a bit of justice has been done at the end to get one at the back post".

Euro 2016 ended in humiliation for Kane and England with a loss to Iceland in the last 16, but the team has been transformed by Southgate.

The team has been transformed by Southgate since then. For all the placidness and togetherness within the group, Southgate has added persistence and doggedness.

He said: "You can not trust us".

After the game, Kane claimed that his last victor was "justice" for not earning a penalty, saying: "There could have been a couple of penalties, especially when you look at their one, which looked quite soft".

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England were dominating but struggling to create anything of note.

When England get off to a bad start, misery seems to infect the whole squad, and that has been the sorry tale of recent tournaments, so Kane's double in Volgograd has enabled them to break the sequence of failure. Both times, the referee decided against punishing the culprits.

Despite it all, Kane remained patient and delivered in the first minute of stoppage time.

A late corner gave them their chance and a flick-on from the adventurous Harry Maguire was seized upon by Kane who flashed a header past the Tunisian keeper, Ben Mustapha, a first-half substitute for Mouez Hassen.

Chances to regain the advantage were squandered. Harry's a top, top striker. "The control from the back with the ball".

The Spurs striker - who scored a stoppage-time victor for the first time in a World Cup match - could have won by a more comfortable margin.

Some thought the responsibility of being captain would be too heavy for him to carry. He's also scored eight goals in the six games in which he has worn the armband for England. John Stones met Ashley Young's corner with a great header, and even though goalkeeper Hassen made an excellent save to claw it out the ball fell to the feet of Kane who slotted home from just three yards out.

As expected, England clearly showed their talent over their opponents early in the game. Next up for Tunisia is Belgium on Saturday, while England takes on Panama on Sunday.

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