Harry Kane becomes England's hero with two goals at the World Cup

Harry Kane becomes England's hero with two goals at the World Cup

Captain Harry Kane's brace, including a stoppage time header, was enough to see Gareth Southgate's England kick off their campaign in Russian Federation with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Tunisia.

After wasting a number of scoring chances in a deadlocked World Cup opener with Tunisia on Monday, England broke through with a 91st minute goal from Kane off a corner to put England up, 2-1.

The only Englishman to win one of those is Gary Lineker - also the last man to score a World Cup brace for the Three Lions - and Southgate and co will hope their shining light does not fade on the global stage, like so many before him.

The fervour, the hope, the expectation, the captain opening the scoring early on, the half an hour of playing impressive football; it was nearly all undone when Tunisia levelled with a second-half penalty and the game was dismally drifting toward a draw.

"It looked like it could have been one of those nights again, but like I said, we've got great togetherness".

If England can get anywhere near those levels, they should kick off a major tournament with victory for the first time since 2006.

England came into this World Cup with hopes of erasing the ghosts of some past worldwide tournaments that saw the team to disappointing finishes.

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Maaloul played down the significance of several futile England penalty claims.

"The best teams in the world keep that belief in what they're doing", Southgate said, "and in the end they break the opposition down".

In the second VAR-awarded penalty of the World Cup, Sweden's 33-year-old captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up confidently to sweep the ball low and left of the otherwise impressively in-form goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.

"We had some of them in our eyes and some of them in our mouth".

England manager Gareth Southgate was delighted with his team. They were winless in their last seven World Cup opening matches, winning just two and drawing the rest. I've always been brought up with England being a core part of what we stood for and my life. "I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us".

While there was no official scorekeeper, he said he believed they had been 3-0 down at one point only to pull it back to 5-4 against a skilful side.

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