Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sense of relief overwhelms England fans after World Cup win

Sense of relief overwhelms England fans after World Cup win

England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday.

England manager Gareth Southgate spoke of the history of the place and "very strong" ties between Britain and Russian Federation on Sunday, and this was marked by England fans who laid a wreath at the city's memorial park.

Manager Gareth Southgate kept Alli on for 80 minutes as he felt the midfielder was "still causing a problem" for Tunisia as England went in search of a victor - which eventually came in the 91st minute when Kane headed in his second.

Deputy British Ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll, English FA chairman Greg Clarke and team's fans attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Mamayev Kurgan World War Two memorial complex in Volgograd, Russia June 18, 2018.

Already, Gareth Southgate's side have more wins than they managed in Brazil in 2014, and with Kane on fire in attack, there could be more to come.

"You go until the last second", Kane said, "and I'm absolutely buzzing".

He said: "He (Kane) is a top, top striker isn't he".

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England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday that he hoped to score a hat-trick on Monday's match against Tunisia like Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Asked about the flies in Volgograd, man of the match Kane said: "There were a lot more than we thought".

England defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him and caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face and Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.

"We had a lot of bug spray on before the game, halftime, which was important because there was some of them in your eyes, some of them in your mouth, but I guess that's part of just dealing whatever comes your way and the team coped with it well".

Up next for England are Panama, who lost their opener 3-0 to Belgium.

"If (Raheem) Sterling can start firing on all cylinders then we're going to be on fire", he said.

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