Tunisia vs. England - Football Match Report

What England must get right on and off the pitch to beat Tunisia

What England must get right on and off the pitch to beat Tunisia

Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments. "It shows good character to get the job done".

However, some England fans heard Logan make a pretty schoolboy error during the interview. I'm so proud of the lads.

For a side with the likes of Delle Alli, Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling, one would have fancied Tunisia to sit deep in their half and look to hit England on the counter.

"England's attacking in the first half was outstanding, they ripped Tunisia to pieces", said the 46-year-old Anderton.

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

But Harry Maguire won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the victor before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.

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England's players later thought they deserved a similar call when Kane was brought down in the opposite penalty area, but the referee disagreed.

'Like I said, the celebrations... watching the celebrations back home, in the stadium, I have been part of that before when I was a kid watching football, so to see it and be part of it is awesome'. We were strong on set plays all night.

We had giant locusts in 2014 and tear-supping moths in 2016 so, in-keeping with latter day big tournament tradition, England's opening Group G encounter with Tunisia saw the official launch of the 2018 World Cup insect mascot - or, more accurately, a cloud of about eight million of them. "First games at the World Cup have been hard in the past". It's a reputation that's tarnished them - somewhat unduly - over the years, but if ever there was a time to lean back on those "virtues" this was it.

Didn't do much except for picking the ball out of the net after Tunisia scored a penalty in the first half.

After the break, England struggled to maintain the intensity of the opening period and Tunisia looked more comfortable as they contained their opponents' attack until Kane's victor. But Kane had other plans. "That's what these games are about - it's a World Cup - you go until the last second and I'm absolutely buzzing". "What's given us a lot of confidence are our last friendlies", said Maaloul, whose men held Portugal to a 2-2 draw in May and were only beaten 1-0 by Spain with a late goal earlier this month. He found himself more isolated against three physical centre-backs, muscled out too often by Dylan Bronn, a right-back from Gent, Syam Ben Youssef, a regular at Kasimpasa in Turkey, or Yassine Meriah, who has played his entire career in his native Tunisia.

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