Tunisia 1-2 England: 5 things we learned as Captain Kane stars

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2018

It showed good character to get on with it.

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.

However, some England fans heard Logan make a pretty schoolboy error during the interview.

He said: "Credit to the lads, we kept going". His header led to Harry Kane's goal but a swing and a miss in the 39 minute was not his best effort on goal.


The team's refusal to be dispirited as the game crept into stoppage time at the end level despite England's dominance earned praise from Gareth Southgate.

Alan Shearer lauded Harry Kane for scoring his first goals in a major tournament after his brace helped England get their World Cup off to a winning start against Tunisia. I think there could have been a couple of penalties, especially when you look at their one.

"Hopefully I am OK", Alli said after the game. It's no time to get carried away, and the second-half showing will have few believing our name is etched on the trophy, but Kane's late header offered England's supporters a rare euphoric feeling, and handed the nation a belief that they will fight and fight and fight until the final whistle. 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.

England fans from London to Volgograd watched their team take an early lead before Tunisia pegged them back from the penalty spot as Gareth Southgate's side got their World Cup campaign underway in Russian Federation. "First games at the World Cup have been hard in the past".


In the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Roldan failed to award Mexico two first-half goals against Cameroon. But Kane had other plans.

He said: "In the first half, Tunisia pressed high, but England were too good for them and always managed to play the ball through the lines".

Just when it looked like the "Three Lions" were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments, Kane stooped at the far post to head home in the 91st minute.

After a gruelling and nerve-racking finish in Volgograd, where Kane scored twice including a last-gasp victor, the England captain took a dip in the ice baths as he focused on his recovery ahead of the Panama game. "Even though the clock was running down, we stayed patient and waited for opportunities", said the coach, whose team join Belgium in claiming maximum points from their first game in the section. We have got everything here, so it's important because obviously we play again in four or five days'.


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