Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Three things we learned from England win against Tunisia

Three things we learned from England win against Tunisia

And the plucky underdogs managed to frustrate the Three Lions throughout the second half, only for Kane to break their hearts with a stoppage time victor.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker had not scored at a major tournament after drawing a blank at Euro 2016, but Southgate labeled him a "top, top striker" after his man-of-the-match display.

Gareth Southgate's men nearly paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first half chances (Jesse Lingard being the worst offender) when Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before the interval.

Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England was going to extend its disappointing run in World Cup tournaments.

"Before the game I was really up and thought we had a chance", he said. We played so well, especially in the first half. They were trying to grab hold, trying to stop us running, I couldn't move at set pieces.

'It was tough but we played really well and could have scored a few more. This team is by no means the finished article, but their first half of this World Cup showed that they certainly won't depart without showing what they are made of. If they didn't think it was a penalty then we have to deal with that.

First Jordan Henderson's lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.

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For Serbia , it is Switzerland next before their final group game against World Cup favourites Brazil . He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball.

Next up for England are minnows Panama on Sunday and another victory would ease the pressure before the final game and a potential group-decider against Belgium.

Former Republic of Ireland defender Dunne said something similar about England's performance.

"We've done it for a while [had good resilience] since the gaffer has been here - he's instilled it into us".

Harry Kane's double ultimately secured three Group G points, but the penalty they conceded and two they were not given despite the assistance available to Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan were the big talking points. We were up against a highly skilled and coordinated team in terms of their forward players.

"Once the first one is given it wasn't going to be overturned (by VAR) because it wasn't a clear and obvious error".

Speaking after the game 20-year-old Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford, who did well after coming on a second half sub, admitted that his team-mates were delighted to get their World Cup campaign off to a positive start.

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