Kane takes to world stage as England edge past Tunisia

Jesse Lingard is set to start for England against Tunisia

Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil all failed to win their opening game at the World Cup so England have every right to be pleased with their last-gasp 2-1 success over Tunisia - despite some shaky moments.

England's start was brilliant and they threatened to blow away Tunisia with fast-paced football which created several chances.

"It helps to be able to switch between two systems but, for me, that would both be with three at the back", Southgate said in October.

Earlier in the day in Group G, Simon Mignolet was on the bench for Belgium as they opened up their tournament in commanding fashion with a 3-0 victory over Panama. It was said plenty of times in the build-up to this game that in four matches at the 2016 European Championship, Kane didn't score.

"There were a lot of decisions against us and maybe there was a bit of justice at the end". "Togetherness and believing in ourselves".

Ashley Young's corner was headed goalwards by John Stones and although his effort was saved, Kane was there to tap home.

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Defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him, catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face, and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.

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Young then had a chance with a free kick but curled his effort well over, but England couldn't find any way through as Tunisia went increasingly defensive to claim a point.

England seemed destined for a familiar hard-luck story - dominance with little to show for it.

Lingard later hit the post after breaking past goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha. The movement, pace, control from the back with the ball was pleasing.

The squad's captain came through when he was needed the most.

Southgate's England have the attacking weapons to create chances and, if they can add a clinical edge to some of the excellent first-half approach play, they will be an increasingly unsafe proposition.

Tunisia was forced into an early goalkeeping change. Yet on that corner in injury time, he found space at the far post to place a flawless header between Farouk Ben Mustapha (who replaced an injured Hassen in goal in the first half) and his post. The Spurs forward "will leave England not just unexpectedly buoyant, but perhaps even heading somewhere else altogether".

England's defence has also still not answered lingering questions about how it would cope when faced with an attack of the highest quality, which will eventually happen if they progress at this World Cup.

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