Tunisia confident of causing World Cup upset against England

What England must get right on and off the pitch to beat Tunisia

And, after Tunisia levelled through Ferjani Sassi's penalty following Kyle Walker's needless forearm to the head of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, the Spurs man nodded home the victor in the 91st minute - his 10th England goal in his last eight outings.

Yet the officials managed to topple the insects as England's biggest irritant as Ferjani Sassi netted from a controversially awarded penalty that somehow was not followed up by spot-kicks at the other end as the video assistant referees ignored the manhandling of Kane.

Alan Shearer lauded Harry Kane for scoring his first goals in a major tournament after his brace helped England get their World Cup off to a winning start against Tunisia.

Tunisia came to Russian Federation with a reputation for being hard to break down.

The Mirror's Andy Dunn remarked how this "confident, high-fiving, low-fiving, funny-handshaking bunch" possess a self-assurance that does not level up as arrogance, and while there will be issues for Gareth Southgate to address, the England head coach has instilled a sense of belief in his players, made all the more remarkable that seven of that starting line-up also began the Euro 2016 "debacle" against Iceland. Instead they were opened up repeatedly by England early on, especially on the right flank with Kieran Trippier posing attacking menace with his pace and incisive crosses.

On nearly every occasion in recent memory, England's pre-tournament positivity has been swiftly punctured by a lacklustre opening display devoid of vim and vigour.

However, it was the North Africans who would score next, after Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Fakhreddine Ben Youssef via a stray arm in the box.

England had penalty claims of their own turned down before struggling to maintain their intensity after halftime.

Kane was finally left unattended at a corner and was on hand to meet Harry Maguire's header with a superbly-directed flick inside the post.

Panama, who were beaten 3-0 by Belgium earlier, will be England's next opposition on Sunday.

"The first game is the one to win and I fully expect us to beat Panama".

"For us, it's very important we close him down because we know the partnership between him and Kane and they play together all season at Spurs".

A penalty shootout defeat to Argentina saw them crash out in the last 16 and there would be no tournament glory to come for the so-called "golden generation". "And then the pressure builds".

Southgate meanwhile praised his side's ability to dig out a victory at the death which was England's first win in a World Cup opener since 2006.

However, Kane believes Monday's win showed the spirit within Southgate's young and largely inexperienced squad.

"I thought even if we'd drawn the game, which I know would have made life more hard for us, I'd have been proud of the performance". "We kept going. We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", he said.

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