Kane double gives Eng win over Tunisia

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England were made to work hard by Tunisia in their World Cup opener but a late Harry Kane victor ensured they got off to a winning start. Kane's stoppage-time header earned the Three Lions a tough three points in their Group G opener, a Ferjani Sassi penalty having cancelled out the captain's early strike.

John Stones's header was clawed out by goalkeeper Mouez Hassen and the ultimate poacher Kane was there to volley home the rebound sweetly.

England felt they could have had two penalties as Kane was man-handled in the box by the Tunisian defenders, with the Tottenham striker suggesting his late victor was just reward after a dubious refereeing performance.

And then with minutes ticking away, Kane gave England their first win in a World Cup game after eight years.

"It's massive. I am so proud of the lads".

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Hassen then clawed away Maguire's header but required treatment after a clash with Lingard and would not last much longer. Ferjani Sassi scored the resulting spot-kick and Tunisia were able to keep England at bay until the dying moments.

"It was him who was always there at the right time", admitted Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul, whose defenders had spent most of the match wrestling Kane to the ground to keep him quiet. If they don't think that was a penalty, we have to deal with that.

"People in England said don't go, you won't come back, but it's been great", said Jonathan Phillips, from London as fans chanted Harry Kane's name outside the 45,000-seater stadium after the match.

The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team. The next stage was to do that at a world tournament and that's how you really establish yourself as a leading world player. This team is by no means the finished article, but their first half of this World Cup showed that they certainly won't depart without showing what they are made of.

Alan Shearer, BBC Sport: "The only disappointing thing was that we created so many chances [in the first half] but only took one of them".

England matched Belgium's tally of three points in the Group G of the FIFA World Cup with a win. The England captain protested immediately, but Roldan was unmoved and was not invited to take another look at the incident. In fact, the whole England side looked sedate after the Tunisia goal when they should have ideally put the foot on the pedal searching for that second goal. Southgate will be keen to ensure such a key player is 100% fit for the Panama game on Sunday. There is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals. "These are not half chances, these are very, very good chances that we should be putting in the back of the net".

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