Captain Kane gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

Harry Kane saves England from disaster with stoppage-time header to beat Tunisia

Harry Kane sent England fans into a frenzy with his 91st-minute victor in England's World Cup opener against Tunisia.

It couldn't start any better for an England player to get any press off his back by scoring a goal in the 11 minute. Hassen made another incredible save when he clawed a John Stones header out from a corner, but Kane was in the right place at the right time as he tapped home from close range on the rebound.

A brace from Harry Kane, including a very late victor, carried England to a dramatic victory over Tunisia tonight.

The villain of the piece was Kyle Walker, who conceded a controversial penalty after clumsily catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.

Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi, left, scores a penalty against England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the goal that tied the match 1-1 in the first half.

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.

"I'm absolutely buzzing!" exclaimed Kane. "It's what dreams are made of".

In the final third of the first half, Tunisia started to look more solid and belief amongst the players grew.

"I'm really proud of the players".

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"We deserved to be ahead and could have scored a few more".

It was England's first winning start to a major tournament since 2006, and puts them in a strong position to reach the last-16 heading into Sunday's match against minnows Panama in Nizhny Novgorod.

"It shows good character to get the job done".

BBC Sport's Natalie Pirks, on the ground in Volgograd, said: "They are on your face, stick to your lips, get inside your nostrils, your ears and your hair".

Henry Winter, The Times: "Here was the adversity that Southgate had talked to his players about, and the need to stay calm, to concentrate and respond".

But they were nearly made to pay for a succession of missed chances in the first half. Harry Maguire headed a corner to the back post where Kane was standing. The gaffer has really instilled that into us.

'What we've got to make sure is we enjoy it but we don't have comfort for the next four or five days.

Kane's brace, the first one for an English player in this competition since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990, has given his team the flawless start in the competition. Obviously Youssef has made a meal of it, but that can happen.


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