Harry Kane says last gasp victor was 'justice' against cynical Tunisia defence

Harry Maguire looks likely to be part of a back-three

England avoided an early stumble at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Monday, turning what looked appeared to be a draw against Tunisia in Group G into three points.

If the second half became more of a war of attrition as Tunisia defended deeper, Southgate has every right to be delighted about so many aspects of England's first-half display as well as the victory.

Still, it was sufficient to wrap up the three points thanks to a late intervention from Kane, but Belgium will nevertheless look at England's struggles with some amount of glee.

Neville said on ITV: "I think it's huge, with five minutes to go I was anxious, déjà vu, getting on that plane tonight, those young players, with only two of them starting in the World Cup before, waking up to what wouldn't be negative media but anxiety, nervousness".

Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.

"Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end", Kane said.

"We stayed patient, and didn't just throw the ball in the box". We were strong on set-plays all night.

"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".


Kane scored the opening goal on the rebound after John Stones' header was kept out by Mouez Hassen.

"We can enjoy tonight - and we hope everyone at home does". Harry's a top, top striker. "We knew Tunisia would be a tough test. Panama will be tough in a different way".

England paid the price for their wastefulness when the North Africans, who had barely begun to press forward, were awarded a penalty before the break. "We did the right things and made good decisions and were good value for the win", Southgate said.

"Whilst you would have heard all the interviews of having "played well, being over it and building to Panama", it would have been hard over the next few days".

But England did not have to wait long for the goal as Harry Kane netted in the 11th minute.

England comes into the big tournament as the 12th ranked team in the world, and the top team in Group F of UEFA qualifying, securing 26 out of a possible 30 points and the only team from the group to advance to the World Cup, finishing 8 points ahead of Scotland and Slovakia.

Harry Maguire is a serious danger as an attacking threat but can be slack in possession.

The second half started much the same as the first, with the English pinning the Tunisians back inside their own half.

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