Kieran Trippier says England are not over-reliant on Harry Kane's goals


Gareth Southgate has praised England defender Harry Maguire after his performance in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.

If you felt a ripple of excitement coming over the Irish Sea last night it was probably caused by ecstatic celebrations in England at the end of their last-gasp World Cup victory over Tunisia.

"The 2016 Euro was disappointing for me personally and us as a team as well".

After Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat trick to earn his side a draw against Spain in their opening game, Kane said he wanted to emulate the achievements of both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"I have been itching to get out there and showcase myself on the big stage". The challenge is there.

Can you spot yourself among the fans cheering England on from Millennium Square?

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Yet as the stadium announcer in Volgograd played "Football's Coming Home", England's lament to their years of hurt at worldwide level as they started their latest major tournament adventure on Monday night, a familiar story was set to unfold once again.

Gary Lineker scored 10 goals in two World Cups for England in 1986 and 1990 and his ability to change a game in an instant is why those teams enjoyed relatively successful tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in Mexico and the semifinals in Italy four years later.

"As a player, sometimes the less information the better", he said.

"So, I would rather come here and attack it, give it everything, score goals, and if we go out, we go out".

"You want a major goalscorer, a striker that's going to take chances, but we've got that in abundance around the team with Vards, Welbs (Danny Welbeck) and the kid Rashford".