England got their 2018 World Cup off to a winning start - but they made hard work of it.
It was never going to be an easy night for Gareth Southgate’s side against Tunisia and all that mattered were the three points.
And that’s exactly what they got.
The Three Lions started brilliantly and should have been ahead before Harry Kane broke the deadlock in the 11th-minute.
But the rest of the first-half didn’t go to plan.
Kyle Walker conceded a needlessly soft penalty before Kane and England were somehow denied a spot-kick of their own.
And it looked as though it was going to be another typical England performance at a major tournament as time ticked by.
KANE THE HERO
But Kane popped up once again in the 91st-minute to secure a very hard fought victory.
And with Panama next up for England, they already have one foot in the last-16.
But what do England fans make of the 90 minutes they had just witnessed?
They probably would have liked a more comfortable victory.
RIO FERDINAND NAILS HIS TWEET
However, Rio Ferdinand tweeted his honest opinion of England’s performance - and he had a message for supporters.
He wrote: “Positives to take.. Playing with a high tempo.. Pressing without the ball to regain the ball quickly.. Midfielders freeing themselves to make runs beyond the forwards... Play the highlights from 1st 25mins and there’s a template to work with that suits these players! #3Lions.”
Well said, Rio.
In the opening 25 minutes of the match, England were superb.
Jesse Lingard had numerous chances to make England’s good start even better but fluffed his lines.
And following Walker’s decision to land a flailing arm on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, England struggled to pick themselves up again.
That was until injury-time when captain Kane saved the day.
Bring on Panama!
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