Focus on Harry Kane - England's captain and match-winner


"It will improve with time because there are some decisions - like the ones you said - where they have to at least check whether or not it's a penalty".

Barring a late injury, Kane is a certainty to start at the Volgograd Arena on Monday, with Southgate having already decided upon his starting XI.

Ferjani Sassi, who scored the equaliser for Tunisia, became the first African to score in this World Cup.

Meanwhile, England and Tunisia players also had to battle swarms of Volgograd midges.

The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the flawless breeding ground for insects during the hot and dry summer in the Russian south.

"I hope the mistakes we made today will help us prepare for the next games".

Several players were sprayed by staff just before kick-off, but that did not appear to be enough either.

HUNDREDS of football fans flocked to the town centre to watch England win in their opening World Cup game against Tunisia last night.

Manager Gareth Southgate has instilled a feel-good factor in the side since taking over in November 2016 and England's youngest team at a World Cup since 1958 showed flashes of thrilling attacking football, although poor finishing nearly proved costly.

Tom Law, 29 and Clark Roberts 30, both from Coventry, emerged from the ground singing "Harry Kane, he's one of our own".

The VAR team is based in Moscow at the global broadcast centre. "They played beyond the expectations in the second half", he told the press after the match.

VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match
I cannot blame any of my players, I can only give them compliments. "He needs to do more, and knows it", Deschamsp said. A few minutes later, Samuel Umtiti weirdly raised his hand to a free-kick from the right, resulting in a penalty.

England shouldn't have found it so tough in its Group G opener against such opposition.

England offered far too little in return until Harry Kane got them out of jail as Southgate's men failed to produce the invention, the element of surprise and the changes from the bench needed to alter the course of the game.

"He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top".

Alli was able to complete 80 minutes of a dramatic 2-1 win, but was clearly struggling when making his way from the field.

Lukaku scored a brace to break the resistance of a courageous Panama side on their World Cup debut.

Of the goalscorers that day, Steven Gerrard has just moved into management with Rangers and Henrik Larsson can be seen in ITV's studio for this year's tournament, while Joe Cole is out of sight with the North American Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies and Marcus Allback retired in 2013. Lukaku with five goals is level with Marc Wilmots and is behind only to Ceulemans with six.

"In a World Cup, you're never sure how it's going to go and in recent years the first games have always been hard". The last time they had beaten the tournament hosts Mexico 3-0.

England's inevitable march to World Cup glory (or a disappointing last 16 exit) is up and running. This despite a fairly soft penalty awarded to Tunisia at the other end.

Brazil do not believe either incident was reviewed, but that each falls into the criteria of "correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions", as stated by Federation Internationale de Football Association, for when VAR should be utilised. I'm sure it's something they can improve on.

The referee wasn't looking at the incident - which is normal as a lot goes on at corners - but the VAR not giving England a penalty retrospectively was a wrong call.