Why the England players deserve all the plaudits after their opening match win in Russia against Tunisia

A later Harry Kane winner sees England get off to the perfect start in Volgograd.

It took just 11 minutes for The Three Lions to take the lead through their captain, Harry Kane.

John Stones’ terrific headed effort was matched by a superb claw away from the Tunisia ‘keeper, Mouez Hassen, but Kane was there to pounce and slotted it home, a goal England very much deserved.

It was more doom and gloom for Hassen, as he picked up a shoulder injury and had to be substituted, the ‘keeper going off in tears.

England had a few chances where they should’ve put the game to bed, with Jesse Lingard missing the majority of them, the African side still had sight of England.

Ten minutes before half-time Tunisia levelled from the penalty spot, the 8th penalty of the tournament so far.

Kyle Walker gave away the penalty after he caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the box, and referee W.Roldan pointed to the spot.

Despite getting a slight touch on it Jordan Pickford couldn’t stop Ferjani Sassi’s shot and Tunisia against the run of play were level.

More missed chances come, and England had become very static all over the pitch. Gareth Southgate opted to look to his bench for some second half inspiration, he added Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the fray.

The two young players added an injection of pace and power going forward, a decision that payed dividends as The Three Lions began to play some more fluent attacking football. The first sight of it really in the second half.

But it was that man again Harry Kane who gave England a late winner once again pouncing on the ball in the box.

Harry Maguire’s knock on was nodded home from Kane, and England were gifted all three points, but sit second in the group after Belgium defeated Panama 3-0 earlier on in the day.

Full time: Tunisia 1-2 England

Match ratings: Pickford 6, Young 5, Walker 5, Stones 7, Maguire 7, Trippier 7, Henderson 7, Lingard 5, Alli 5, Sterling 5, Kane 8

Substitutes: Rashford 6, Loftus-Cheek 6, Eric Dier N/A

By TheSportsBlogger

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