Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Twitterati hails Harry Kane for giving England win in opener against Tunisia

Twitterati hails Harry Kane for giving England win in opener against Tunisia

England's opening win at Russian Federation may give Southgate a breather but clearly there are problems to ponder for him, mainly missing out on clear goal-scoring opportunities. "But all we can do is get on with the game".

There was also no referee review for the Tunisia penalty, though VAR did consider the incident, when Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.

England will be very confident of beating Panama - who qualified for just their first World Cup this summer - but Kane is expecting a very hard match.

"I think there could have been a couple of penalties, especially when you look at their one", Kane said.

England promised to launch their campaign with attacking football and they tore into Tunisia before and after Kane's opener, creating a string of chances only to be let down by a lack of composure in front of goal.

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

Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire's flick-on, scoring the winning goal Monday in a 2-1 victory at the World Cup.

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In what was desperate attempt to save runs, Australia used as many as eight bowlers in the match but to no respite. AJ Tye went wicketless for 100 runs from nine overs and Jhye Richardson boasted the best figures of 3-92.

He was fortunate that Jesse Lingard neither went down nor avoided the woodwork after tearing out to deny the Manchester United man in the second half, and was at fault for Harry Kane's late victor at his near post. We thought we would give him 60 minutes but he played throughout.

'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 fantastic'.

Though the lack of adventure from their opponents no doubt played a part, it remains that England cannoned out of the blocks in a way that no other side has yet managed in Russian Federation.

England started the first half with a noticeable high-press that discomforted their Tunisian counterparts.

"It's massive to get the win".

Roldan did not consult with the VAR at all before his decision to award the penalty to Tunisia - which they scored to even out the scoreline at 1-1 - and some would have argued that it was a soft one to give. Southgate will be keen to ensure such a key player is 100% fit for the Panama game on Sunday. "I'm more proud of us that we kept going and fighting and sent a lot of fans home happy".

The Liverpool skipper said: "We can be friends off the field but when you're on the field it's important that you're fighting for your mate next to you". We just have to hope the officials get it right more often than not.

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