England opt for attack-focused midfield against Tunisia


Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match against Tunisia.

He even turned down invitations from England's manager Gareth Southgate to play in qualifying matches against Malta and Slovakia. It's nice to see it working on the pitch.

Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR. A pat on the back for us.

'They were trying to grab hold and stop us running so maybe a bit of justice at the end.'We were just itching to play. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account. I thought we've done really well'.

"Credit to the lads, they kept going, kept going to the last second".

'We kept fighting and got the late goal and a big win. You have to focus and concentrate and I feel I grew into the game.

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Gareth Southgate's men nearly paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.

But their tactic didn't pay off as England won a corner in the first minute of added time.

Lingard then missed a fine chance to double the lead when picked out at the far post by a lovely ball from Ashley Young, but he got his feet all wrong with the goal at his mercy.

Young drifted a free-kick well over the bar and England's chance at victory appeared to have gone. We should have been out of sight at half time but we stuck to our shape, made sure we didn't concede, knew we'd get a chance and Harry has done it again.

The Three Lions look in fine fettle heading into Monday's Group G encounter thanks to seamless, injury-free preparations that have brought hope and no little excitement.