Harry Kane rescues England with late victor against Tunisia

Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time victor, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.

England manager Gareth Southgate included Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup, with Jordan Henderson as the solitary England enforcer in the middle of the pitch and left Eric Dier on the bench, as widely expected.

"Everybody in Russian Federation has been really welcoming, everything they say about the country doesn't apply", the 50-year-old nurse told AFP.

"I hope the mistakes we made today will help us prepare for the next games".

"I think he was behind the victory of the English team".

"I feel exactly the same now as I did before I was captain. It might just say to the referee to keep an eye on it a bit more". Certainly my personality won't change.

The England midfielder went for a scan as his team-mates trained on Tuesday afternoon and the FA has confirmed the assessment showed a "slight thigh strain" that will need managing over the coming days. But I'm still the same man.

Euro 2016 ended in humiliation for Kane and England with a loss to Iceland in the last 16, but the team has been transformed by Southgate.

Barring a late injury, Kane is a certainty to start at the Volgograd Arena on Monday, with Southgate having already decided upon his starting XI.

Set plays provided England with both goals in Volgograd, where Southgate was aggrieved not to be awarded a spot-kick.

He had replaced Alli and offered strength and direct pace down the right, an unfamiliar position after he spent most of last season playing on the left, and won the corner from which Harry Kane scored his stoppage-time victor. If they didn't think it's a penalty, we have to deal with that. They're clear on the opposition.

"At 1-1, if we'd had to take 1-1, I thought we were disciplined enough defensively that we didn't leave gaps and weren't hit on counter-attacks, so I like the controlled manner we did that". Everything's settled. They know their jobs.

"So, there will be some key messages, but it will really just be around transferring what they are doing every day because that level they are playing at every day is high and is getting better all the time". In a ceremony at The Motherland Calls monument, supporters remembered those who died during one of the most important battles against the Nazis.

  • Julie Sanders