Harry Kane late victor helps England beat Tunisia 2-1

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Harry Kane scored in the closing minutes to secure three points for England and a strong start to the team's quest for World Cup redemption.

England captain Harry Kane declared his arrival on soccer's biggest stage when he scored twice, including a stoppage-time victor, in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisiaas his team launched their World Cup campaign on Monday.

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"We got told before that there was going to be quite a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up it was a lot more than we all kind of thought", Kane said.

"The pleasing thing was the movement, the pace, the interchange", Southgate said. "We knew Tunisia would be a tough test. Panama will be tough in a different way".

"I think he was behind the victory of the English team, it was him who was always at the right time and he is the optimum scorer". "The spaces that were created by Kane were very scary to us".

It was a World Cup game, his first as well, with the world watching, the armband on, the pennant in his hand as he took England out of the tunnel on Monday to face Tunisia.

"Walker's body should be facing the other way, where the cross has come from and he should open himself up so he can see the Tunisia player as well". But Kane popped up in the 91s minute to head England to victory from a corner.

Ferdinand: "England set their stall out from the start and their intensity and idea to press the ball in the first half was flawless because it sets the tone and it is hard to deal with".

England's squad received a pre-tournament briefing on VAR from a Federation Internationale de Football Association delegation and, although Rashford maintains the technology is a positive for the game, he believes the need for improvement is clearly evident.

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The Tottenham Hotspur forward was twice wrestled to the ground at corners as England heaved to re-establish the lead surrendered to a relatively soft penalty, awarded against Kyle Walker. Ferjani Sassi stepped up and made no mistake, just beating the outstretched arm of Jordan Pickford.

England soccer fans watch the team's first match in the World Cup against Tunisia at Flat Iron Square in London, Britain, June 18, 2018.

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

"The VAR is there to look at those decisions".

It took just 11 minutes for England to find the back of the net in their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia.

"At 1-1 we had a plan to. keep probing but not get caught on the counter-attack", England manager Gareth Southgate said.

Shearer: "Harry showed what a great character he has got because was being held on to every time the ball came into the Tunisia box but he has not moaned or let it affect him at all".

The win put England level on three points with Belgium who beat Panama 3-0 earlier in the day. I am absolutely buzzing, everyone on the staff is.

Then Kane came to the rescue in stoppage time.

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