Kane 2, Tunisia 1 as England win opener


England got their 2018 World Cup campaign off to a solid start on Monday night, by beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd.

But Harry really has his "Kane way", becoming the first England player to ever score an injury-time victor in a World Cup game.

England took the lead through Kane who scored from close range from an Ashley Young corner in the 11th minute.

Luckily for England Kane came to the rescue in the first minute of stoppage time, heading home Harry Maguire's flick having earlier been rugby tackled to the ground on two occasions by the Tunisian defence at set-pieces, offences that went unpunished by the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan.

Despite this, I must say that the Tunisians were very impressive in their one-touch passing and were a delight to watch as they comfortably passed the ball around. Lingard was less effective as Tunisia sat deep in the second half after the equalizer.

"I'll have to get myself one of those Russian dolls", he said.

"We've always said that we need to keep going no matter what happens".

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The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team.

"It was tough. I thought we played well, especially first half, and deserved to be ahead, and could even have scored a few more. That's what these games are about - it's a World Cup - you go until the last second and I'm absolutely buzzing". There were things in the game we couldn't control tonight, but we reacted really well to them. Above all, England have to find a way of getting Kane involved more, but now they can celebrate. Get the nerves and excitement out of the play.

With limited amount of time between games this summer in Russian Federation, recovery is vital and the England squad are doing everything they can to be in flawless physical shape throughout the tournament. England's chances all fell to other players and Kane was merely on the periphery of everything, not involved enough.

Next up for England are minnows Panama on Sunday and another victory would ease the pressure before the final game and a potential group-decider against Belgium.

The country breathed a collective sigh of relief when Kane fired home the injury-time victor having endured a frustrating 90 minutes. What mattered the most in Volgograd on Monday for England was to win.

England came to Russian Federation determined to put behind them the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they failed to win a game and went out at the first hurdle.