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England team news Gareth Southgate

England team news Gareth Southgate

- England scored more than once for the first time in 10 World Cup matches, since a 2-2 draw against Sweden in 2006.

"There's a lot of work to do still", said Southgate.

In the final third of the first half, Tunisia started to look more solid and belief amongst the players grew.

England manager Gareth Southgate paid tribute to Kane, as he suggested his skipper confirmed his class with two valuable goals.

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".

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.

Despite being on the back foot, Tunisia equalised through Ferjani Sassi's penalty after Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. So maybe there was a bit of justice at the end to get one at the back post. We were strong on set-plays all night.

"I am really pleased and even if we had drawn the game I would have been really proud of the performance".

Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header. "We did the right things and made good decisions and were good value for the win", Southgate said.

And when you consider some of the defending was reminiscent of wrestling, you can't help but wonder why England weren't awarded a penalty with the help of VAR or not. "I'm delighted for him as we'd be asking questions about him not scoring in tournament football if he hadn't scored".

However, Harry Maguire flicked a Kieran Trippier delivery into the path of Kane, who made no mistake from point-blank range to break Tunisian hearts. When you have very tall players it is very hard to counter them.

OK, it is not quite virgin ground for England, but getting off to a winning start in a major tournament is something of a rarity for the 1966 World Cup winners.

However the shot was met with a brilliant stop by Tunisian keeper Mouez Hassen, but Harry Kane was in the area for a rebound to put England one in front. "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.

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