Captain Kane proud of England's persistence

Captain Kane proud of England's persistence

The stage was set.

England's Harry Kane scored an injury-time victor against Tunisia.

The moment Harry Kane had waited so long for was finally here, but the pressure was on.

"Jesse Lingard created four chances and should have scored all four". It shows good character to get on with it and that's what we've done.

He is now on the path to joining the company of England World Cup legends. It didn't take him long. John Stones met Ashley Young's corner with a great header, and even though goalkeeper Hassen made an excellent save to claw it out the ball fell to the feet of Kane who slotted home from just three yards out.

A dream start for Harry, the prince who wants to become king.

Alli struggled to have an impact following a first-half knock.

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.

Harry Kane argued justice had been done after the England captain nodded his side's stoppage-time victor having seen two vociferous penalty appeals for fouls by Yassine Meriah waved away by the Colombian referee, Wilmar Roldan. "The VAR is there to look at those decisions", he said. So maybe there was a bit of justice at the end to get one at the back post. He found himself more isolated against three physical centre-backs, muscled out too often by Dylan Bronn, a right-back from Gent, Syam Ben Youssef, a regular at Kasimpasa in Turkey, or Yassine Meriah, who has played his entire career in his native Tunisia. In second-half, for example, it was nothing special. Instead, Tunisia pressed England high up the pitch, especially in the first half.

'We've done for a while since gaffer has been here, good togetherness, ' he said.

It is the first time England have opened a major tournament with a win since 2006 but it did not need to be this hard. We've got to keep performing. Earlier, Gary Linker had done this against Cameroon in 1990. Kane delivered. He is the story.

"It's massive. I'm so proud of the lads". You go until last second. "But what I don't understand is why they can look at that and say it is a penalty after VAR, but not the challenges on Harry Kane". This trend is very worrying and the various African teams must make sure that they toughen up their mentality.

Though the match was close, it didn't look like it would be early on as England got chance after chance.

Grappling at corners has become endemic in the game but, according to England's former Federation Internationale de Football Association referee Graham Poll, it is one area VAR was brought in to tackle but failed to do so in Monday's game.

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