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Gallery: England edge past Tunisia as Tottenham stars shine

21 June 2018, 02:11 | Mandy Simon

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Kane scored his second goal with a smart close range reaction header to ensure England's first win in the opening game of a major tournament since they beat Paraguay in the 2006 World Cup.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute for Gareth Southgate's men in Russian Federation.

He broke the deadlock in the 11th minute and scored a last-gasp victor after Tunisia equalised through Ferjani Sassi.

Luckily for England Kane came to the rescue in the first minute of stoppage time, heading home Harry Maguire's flick having earlier been rugby tackled to the ground on two occasions by the Tunisian defence at set-pieces, offences that went unpunished by the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan.

"The side has performed very well and we were able to defend for 90 minutes", he said.

It was all England in the second half as the Tunisians defended well and launched sporadic attacks. If they don't think that was a penalty, we have to deal with that.

We got told before that there was going to be quite a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up it was a lot more than we all kind of thought.

The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team.

And Kane confirmed England players had found it tough to cope with certain aspects of the atmosphere despite his own personal heroics.

Kane has now scored in his last four England appearances and has 15 goals from 25 overall; only Gary Lineker has scored more in his first 25 matches for England (20). "We all had bug spray on and it was important as some of them went in your eyes, some in your mouth, but it is about dealing with what comes your way".

Southgate will be hopeful that Kane and co. will be well clear of such problems when they take on Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday. "The way we'll change the game is by bringing on a different profile of players, who carry a different sort of threat". Good teams score late goals - if you dominate the ball like that the opposition tire.

"But hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games".

Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young failed with free-kicks as England displayed a worrying lack of composure in front of goal.

"It's massive to get the win".

"They started out brilliant and looked fantastic, but as the game wore on, they took a step backwards".

"It was him who was always there at the right time".

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