Kane relief as last-gasp England escape with Tunisia win

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When asked what the feeling was like when he scored the victor, Kane replied: 'It is hard to explain, obviously you get such a good feeling any goal you score but to score a victor in the World Cup like that is just incredible.

England felt they could have had two penalties as Kane was man-handled in the box by the Tunisian defenders, with the Tottenham striker suggesting his late victor was just reward after a dubious refereeing performance. Hopefully when they watch it back they can get it right for the next game.

"If he hadn't scored, I'd be answering questions about his ability to score in tournament football", said Southgate, nearly exhausted of people doubting Kane's ability. "The first-time they play a good team with that defence, I think they'll get eaten alive". Young too often did that, playing the obvious pass rather than one which would have asked questions of Tunisia - aside from the excellent corner he provided for Kane's goal. "You don't want to crowd the referee and say "VAR" because then it is a yellow card", the defender told the London Evening Standard.

"They swarmed, they blitzed, from the get-go and Tunisia couldn't handle it".

Much of the pre-match attention had been on the large increase in temperatures expected at the stadium, compared to England's base in Repino.

England and Belgium are the early front-runners as expected.

And yet he can look back on a nonetheless lively performance.

The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man nearly fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.

Fortunately, FIFA are planning a press conference soon to address the contentious decisions we've seen so far.

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"We will try to play the game, we no longer have a choice". To be the best player in the world you have to aim high - you can't aim low - so just put no limits on yourself.

"We'll do well to make as many chances in a game again in this tournament".

Rio Ferdinand singled out Harry Maguire for his assured performance at both ends of the pitch.

"Harry is a top, top striker", Southgate said.

"That's why he's in the team and Gary Cahill isn't".

"He released himself to get into attacking places".

This is England's first opening match win in over ten years! "At the end the pressure built and built". "When you concede a goal like that at the very last minute, it's a blow, because we would have been satisfied with a draw", said Naim Sliti, who disappointed on the night and was taken off on 73 minutes. We've let ourselves down and I've been part of the problem in eight of the last nine tournaments.

"You would expect us all to be happy and buzzing, which we were".

Seen flexing his hamstring in the first period, leaving many thinking he would be off at half time, Alli was surprisingly kept on the field until the 80th minute.

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