What England fans are saying about Kyle Walker after Tunisia win in World Cup opener

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England’s World Cup campaign kicked off with a 2-1 win against Tunisia.

Gareth Southgate’s side made a fast start to proceedings in their Group B opener and created several openings in the opening exchanges.

And their pressure told in the 11th minute when Harry Kane opened the scoring from a corner.

It seemed then that England would go on to cruise to victory.

Or so that’s what an entire nation hoped.

But Tunisia had other plans and Ferkani Sassi equalised from the penalty spot to level things up before half-time.

However, a late Kane header sealed the win for England.

Fans discuss Kyle Walker

We’ve seen VAR used to great effect so far in the tournament but England fans have every right to feel aggrieved with its use on Monday evening.

Harry Kane was taken to the ground twice in a style more associated with WWE than professional football.

Regardless of the outcome of the match, Southgate may be alerted to something he may want to explore ahead of England’s next match against Panama.

Kyle Walker struggled as part of a back three and we saw with his positioning that resulted in Tunisia’s penalty that he isn’t accustomed to being a centre-back.

This is something that Rio Ferdinand picked up on at half-time.

Tunisia v England: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

“If Kyle Walker is positioned correctly, he doesn’t concede a penalty,” the BBC pundit said.

"A centre-half facing his own goal when a ball is coming into the box is criminal."

And therein lies the issue. Walker isn’t a natural centre-half.

Kieran Tripper played fine at right wing-back but it’s hard not to think that England aren’t maximising Walker’s best attributes.

Something for Southgate to ponder.

England take on Panama in their second group match on Sunday ahead of their final game against Belgium, who defeated the South America nation 3-0 earlier on Monday.

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