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England's Harry Maguire Gary Cahill Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier prepare for the Tunisia match in St Petersburg before flying to Volgograd on Sunday

The Tottenham striker headed an injury-time victor to earn a 2-1 victory for England in their first World Cup match on Monday, having earlier opened the scoring with an 11th-minute volley.

Harry Kane rose emphatically to the World Cup challenge in England's opening match against Tunisia, scoring a last-gasp victor to give Gareth Southgate's side lift-off in Russian Federation.

England had nearly paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.

Tottenham's Alli, 22, was substituted after 80 minutes of the match in Volgograd, with England playing Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, 24 June.

Harry Kane's late victor for England against Tunisia on Monday was a "huge moment" in the team's evolution at the World Cup, according to former England defender Gary Neville.

Kane's stats are compelling: he has eight goals in the six games he has worn the England armband, 11 in his past eight games for the Three Lions.




"The way we'll change the game is by bringing on a different profile of player, who carries a different sort of threat", Southgate said. "Harry Kane is the one guy they need the chances to fall for because he scores them".

From a Kieran Trippier corner, a glancing header from Harry Maguire found Kane at the back post and he cleverly nodded home to give England a winning start. Even if you win 1-0 and are luckless or a couple of outstanding saves by the goalie keep you out, you still beat them well and create the opportunities throughout the game. Rashford and Cheek were direct in their play as they gave England renewed energy going forward. You never stop until the final whistle and thankfully it paid off for us with a late goal and a big win in the group stage. If they don't think it's a penalty, we have to deal with it, but I struggled to get the Tunisia players off me all night.

"I thought they were pretty ordinary", Dunphy said on RTE Sport.

England players celebrate Kane's goal. "We just have to hope the officials get it right more often than not". The lads will have gone in the dressing room buzzing and he needs to sit them down and watch it. It's hard to win a match in the World Cup against anyone.

VAR has overall been received well with the referees being helped to take many correct decisions without much effect on the flow of the game.

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