GRAHAM POLL: England should have had two penalties against Tunisia

Jose Verdugo
Junio 19, 2018

"Winning the first game is always massive".

England pushed in search of regaining the lead throughout the second period - and they did so in the 91 minute when Kane glanced in the victor.

Aside from the talent-stacked side of Belgium, "only" Panama and Tunisia could prevent England from improving upon their finish at the 2014 World Cup.

Kane could not have asked for a more flawless start on an individual level, although England got lucky.

"We've worked on various different systems with various personnel", he said.

GRAHAM POLL: England should have had two penalties against Tunisia
GRAHAM POLL: England should have had two penalties against Tunisia

He added: "I was most proud of the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down". We were strong on set plays in the second half. "If we'd drawn, even though it would have made life more hard for us, I'd have been proud of the performance".

After barraging the enemy goal in the first 10 minutes and seeing Tunisia's starting goalkeeper, Mouez Hassen, taken off with injury, Southgate must have thought he was dreaming.

Kane came to the rescue in the end, but England need to be better than this if they have to have a chance of reaching the latter stages.

"Harry is a top, top striker", said Southgate. "I'm delighted for him as we'd be asking questions about him not scoring in tournament football if he hadn't scored". When you have very tall players it is very hard to counter them.

It needed a finisher bang in form to make England's domination count and 1,470 days after Wayne Rooney scored against Uruguay, the long wait for a World Cup goal was over. Tunisia might not have the calibre of player you'd normally see steaming around the Premier League but as a team they're very capable and actually really talented on the ball. I think England rolls to an easy tournament opening win on Monday, so I'll back the Three Lions with a -1.5 handicap.

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