What frustrated Gary Neville about Harry Kane during England's win over Tunisia

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It was Harry Kane to the rescue for England on Monday night.

The Three Lions started their World Cup campaign with a victory for the first time since 2006, but it didn't come easily against a plucky Tunisia side. England entered the closing minutes of the game with the scores locked at 1-1 and an underwhelming result on the horizon.

When England needed him most, though, Kane stepped up to the plate with a close range header from Harry Maguire's flick-on.

There was a feeling of relief amongst England supporters with victory over Tunisia making qualification from the group look a formality, even if the challenge of Panama shouldn't be ignored.

Kane's performance received praise across and with good reason.

Kane shines for England

Gary Neville was one such supporter and he stood by his claim that Kane is England's only world-class player by noting: "There will be those who say: 'You've got to do more, how do you define world class?'

"But his performances in the last two years in the Premier League and performances for England, his stature, and the fact if he was made available for sale, every club in Europe would want him.

"That's Real Madrid, Man Utd, all the clubs with £100m would want him straight away."


What 'frustrated' Gary Neville

However, Neville did make one unexpected criticism and, in fairness, he looks spot on.

Kane was pulled down by Tunisia players on numerous occasions during the match and Neville believes he should have made much more of a fuss, exactly like Tunisia when they were awarded a penalty.

Neville explained: "One thing that frustrated about him about him the other night was when he went down for the penalties.

"He should have been making more of a scene of it, he was that fair!

"You think about what their striker did at the other end of the pitch in winning the penalty, all the histrionics that catch the referee's eye.

"Then Harry had the other one where he was quite clearly pulled, if he just gives it a scream or a yelp - which isn't in his character - he could have won two penalties.

"So that was a little something that frustrated me during the game saying: 'Harry, come on, have a little more killer instinct!"

As trivial as it may seem now, Neville makes a good point.


Kane is such a fantastic striker that he didn't need penalties to win the game but England could have put the game to bed much earlier if the Tottenham forward kicked up more of a fuss.

The use of VAR in Russia has ensured there have been plenty of penalties at the tournament and these kind of decisions will play a big role in how the competition unfolds.

Sometimes you need to call upon the dark arts of football to secure a result.

Do you think Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot? Have your say in the comments section below.

Gary Neville
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Harry Maguire
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