Winning start for Hendo and Trent as England defeat Tunisia

Danny Rose England

Danny Rose England

Kane got England out of jail with an injury-time victor at the Volgograd Arena to ensure Gareth Southgate's side claimed all three points from their opening Group G game.

Not since Germany 2006, when Sven-Goran Eriksson's team claimed a narrow 1-0 win against Paraguay in Frankfurt, have England got off to a flier in a World Cup, and this was only the sixth time they have managed it in 15 attempts.

England captain Harry Kane said he was proud of his team's persistence in a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the World Cup against Tunisia on Monday.

"Maybe a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end".

TRT World's Lance Santos has more. "We played really well in the first half and could have got more, we deserved to be ahead".

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

Here are some points to take away after the clash at Volgograd Arena.

With Belgium still to contend with in the group, it was a massive victory for the Three Lions and one that sets them up for qualification going into the Panama game. After all, the Black Cats are hoping to sell the Tunisian talisman this summer and a couple of eye-catching performances in Russian Federation will only increase his market value. For England's sake, it's a moment they can only hope will be drawn upon further down the line.

As England progress through the rounds, opposition becomes increasingly more tough, but it's not something Kane will be phased by.

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But England were otherwise let down by a lack of composure in front of goal on a hot night on the banks of the Volga river, with many players bothered by clouds of gnats.

For the rest, the negative and the things that must improve, Gareth Southgate will already be hard at work.

Defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him, catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face, and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.

"The Tunisians had three or four England players bearing down on them whenever they had the ball - Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard were swarming around them - like bees around honey". But England struggled to finish it off. "I'm sure it's something they can improve on".

He said: "Credit to the lads, we kept going. And then the pressure builds". But you have to look past that and recognise the general performance in the second half was not good enough for a side who everyone is suggesting has moved on.

Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday.

Alli had the first chance of the second half six minutes after the restart as his header was held by Ben Mustapha.

Dominic Fifield, The Guardian: "His close-range header from Harry Maguire's flick deep into stoppage time was a reminder he will always be England's talismanic figure".

Neville, who is working as a pundit for ITV, says blame should not be given to the VAR officials because they do not have the time or resources to review decisions correctly.

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