Tunisia vs. England - Football Match Report

Harry Maguire looks likely to be part of a back-three

And England paid for their inaccuracies in front of goal when Kyle Walker took down Ben Youssef in the box with a high arm ten minutes before half time.

Tunisia equalized in the 35th when Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty, shooting beyond the diving Jordan Pickford.

England impressed, struggled but ultimately secured a narrowly deserved victory thanks to Kane nodding home a 91st minute corner.

Panama, who were beaten 3-0 by Belgium earlier, will be England's next opposition on Sunday.

England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.

But England did not have to wait long for the goal as Harry Kane netted in the 11th minute.

As half-time approached England worked a clever free-kick situation with the ball falling to Lingard unmarked, but he could only hit his shot against a defender. We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep. At times their physical approach at defensive set pieces prompted English frustration but referee Wilmar Roldan was unmoved. They were trying to grab hold and stop us running.

"If it had been 1-1, there would have been a level of disappointment, and the result back home would be viewed differently", manager Gareth Southgate said Monday.

"Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end", Kane said.

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018.

They have yet to register a win in nine opening games at a European Championship, so if any team can claim to be slow starters on the big stage, it is England, and no country seems to focus so heavily on the fine line between winning and falling short. You have to focus and concentrate and I feel I grew into the game.

Kane - who else? - popped up to break Tunisian hearts and the reaction of those in the BBC Sport studio was priceless.

'We've done for a while since gaffer has been here, good togetherness, ' he said.

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