4 changes England could make going into their second match
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jun 21, 2018,
Jun 21, 2018, 2:06
But Harry really has his "Kane way", becoming the first England player to ever score an injury-time victor in a World Cup game.
In the 12th minute, a corner was swung in by Ashley Young and met powerfully by John Stones.
England lost pace and conceded in the 35th minute when Ferjanni Sassi bagged the equaliser for Tunisia, ensuring that the two sides went level at halftime.
England will be very confident of beating Panama - who qualified for just their first World Cup this summer - but Kane is expecting a very hard match.
"The side has performed very well and we were able to defend for 90 minutes", he said. Had Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard not missed guilt-edged first half chances England could have accumulated a far more commanding lead.
"I'll have to get myself one of those Russian dolls", he said.
"It was tough. I thought we played well, especially first half, and deserved to be ahead, and could even have scored a few more". Kane then took time out, post the match to respond to Kohli, who had posted a special message for him and England before the game. I felt that the Tunisians should have kept on playing like the way they did in the first half as they showed that they could also take the game to England.
Former Republic of Ireland defender Dunne said something similar about England's performance. The skipper's two goals in Volgograd not only put him right up there with the best forwards on show in Russian Federation so far but he also changed English perceptions of the tournament in a heartbeat with his injury-time victor.
The Three Lions dominated the opening exchanges of the game but their wastefulness in front of goal was becoming a worry until Harry Kane finally prodded in the opener following a scramble in the box.
The last time Tunisia and England met was in a group stage game at the 1998 World Cup, which the Three Lions won 2-0.
After Monday's game though, it might make sense to go the other way and start with the Spurs man against Panama. Get the nerves and excitement out of the play. Not after Kane got England off to a ideal start with an 11th-minute tap in.