Kane 2, Tunisia 1 as England win opener

Kane 2, Tunisia 1 as England win opener

Harry Kane said he hopes World Cup officiating will improve after rescuing England with two goals in a last-gasp 2-1 victory over a physical Tunisia side on Monday.

The Three Lions continued to dominate possession but Tunisia managed the game well and continued to unsettle them at every opportunity.

Though the match was close, it didn't look like it would be early on as England got chance after chance. In the end, set pieces were enough to get England the three points as both goals came from corners.

England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.

The Tottenham star followed up a John Stones header that was initially saved by Tunisian keeper Hassan.

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And England will have delighted Southgate with how they battled through dark periods in the second half - when the fire of their first half had been largely extinguished by an increasingly stubborn Tunisia - to grind out the win. We felt that Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli had caused huge problems for the opposition, but it was a good moment to put on a different threat. "Winning the first game is always massive".

All was going well for England until Tunisia started to thrive forward with their limited chances.

Kane gave England an early lead but after Kyle Walker gave away a penalty, Ferjani Sassi replied from the spot for the African side.

During the broadcast, BBC pundit Alan Shearer attempted to defend Walker, arguing his Tunisian marker had run into the Englishman's elbow, but colleague Rio Ferdinand, a former England centre-back and captain, gave a wiser judgement.

"We played really well in the first half and deserved to take the lead", said Kane, while Maguire added that in "the first half we should have been clear". On occasions Trippier found himself nearly in line with England's attacking players while trying to shut down Tunisia and it did find success in causing mistakes. Questions will be asked about Southgate as the tempo slowed down and there was a lack of urgency from his players. It was a straight-up choice between Jordan Henderson or Eric Dier for the holding position - with the Liverpool man getting the vote. "A few corners, they were trying to grab, hold and stop us running", said Kane. Yet on that corner in injury time, he found space at the far post to place a ideal header between Farouk Ben Mustapha (who replaced an injured Hassen in goal in the first half) and his post.

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