England are now in uncharted territory; they are in a land of positivity and confidence after Harry Kane's dramatic late victor secured a 2-1 victory against Tunisia in Volgograd to ensure a dream start to Russian Federation 2018. "I thought we played well, especially in the first half". I'm so proud of the lads.
"You go until the last second", Kane said, "and I'm absolutely buzzing".
Both sets of players were bugged by swarms of mosquitoes and midges in the warm-up but England were not distracted come kick-off. "If we'd drawn, even though it would have made life more hard for us, I'd have been proud of the performance".
Tunisia equalized in the 35th when Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty, shooting beyond the diving Jordan Pickford.
Southgate's men will have been frustrated by their profligacy, Lingard latching on to a ball over the top and knocking it past Ben Mustapha, only to see it trickle onto the post and wide. "He took his goals really well". We conceded a soft penalty - we knew we didn't want to concede the next goal.More news: OH can drop inactive voters from registration rolls
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The Tottenham striker told BBC Sport: "We could have had a couple of penalties, especially when you look at theirs". They were trying to grab hold and stop us running.
"Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end", Kane said. That's football, that's the ref. "It shows good character to get the job done".
He said: "Does anyone want a trip to Tunisia?". When you have very tall players it is very hard to counter them. "Harry Kane is the one guy they need the chances to fall for because he scores them".
Another explained: "Anyone keeping a tally of how many times Tunisia have pushed England and gotten away with it? world cup 2018".
That's part of England's flawless record against African teams at the World Cup - three wins and three draws with five clean sheets. I feel very happy for the England boys because if they hadn't have gotten there, the next couple of days would have been bad for them.