Harry Kane at the double as England make winning start

Harry Kane at the double as England make winning start

Harry Kane at the double as England make winning start

A disappointing tournament under Roy Hodgson's management saw England eliminated with a game to spare in Group D after 2-1 defeats to Italy, as Mario Balotelli's victor rendered Daniel Sturridge's equaliser meaningless, and Uruguay after a Luis Suarez brace was enough to overcome Wayne Rooney's strike.

Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time victor, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.

Dele Alli (L) and England coach Gareth Southgate.

"We really like watching the level in training, the competition and the spirit, not just in training but when they're relaxing as well".

"It shows the work we have put in these last few weeks", Walker said.

"If we were to get a draw it would have been an excellent result for us".

"It's a tough one because I think it's something that the game definitely needed".

"You're always proud to see it come off in a game". So we kept wave after wave of attack.

It seems unlikely that Alli, who had started the game so well at the Volgograd Arena and limped away from the stadium unaided, will now be risked against Panama, who are perceived to be the weakest team in Group G and were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in the first match.

But referee Wilmar Roldan controversially awarded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted and the video assistant referee then inexplicably overlooked Tunisia's manhandling of Kane in the box.

"We were warned about many things before coming to Russian Federation, but this was not one of them". "I think it will be a comfortable win for our boys".

British police have visited, too, with UK Gold Commander for Football Policing, Mark Roberts, coming to Russian Federation twice and a delegation observing last summer's Confederations Cup. We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep.

First Jordan Henderson's lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.

Embassy staff in Moscow have visited all 11 host cities over the past year to discuss safety, security and trade opportunities and have made follow-up visits to Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kalingrad and Rostov-on-Don, where England will play their group games and possibly a last-16 game.

Related news