Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Captain Kane keeps England among tournament favourites

Captain Kane keeps England among tournament favourites

Marcus Rashford believes England captain Harry Kane will continue to go from strength to strength following his match-winning heroics against Tunisia.

Harry Kane scored twice, including a 91st- minute victor to secure a vital opening 2-1 win for Gareth Southgate's side over a dogged and resilient Tunisia side.

The video assistant referee system, making its debut at the World Cup, was perplexingly not brought into play to clear up the Kane incidents.

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"I was a bit disappointed by the referee not saying anything on corners, I couldn't get them off me", Kane said.

"(Harry) showed personality. He made a few mistakes but he came through that", Ferdinand said.

For the rest, the negative and the things that must improve, Gareth Southgate will already be hard at work. Panama will be a tough test in a different way.

"It was him who was always there at the right time and he is the optimum striker and scorer". It's true we did not create a lot of opportunities but we will learn in the future. Above all, England have to find a way of getting Kane involved more, but now they can celebrate. But while England passed the sterner test, Belgium had the most comfortable start in its 3-0 victory over Panama.

The midfield configuration certainly didn't play to Tunisia's key strength, while it also came to their detriment both defensively and offensively.

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When England get off to a bad start, misery seems to infect the whole squad, and that has been the sorry tale of recent tournaments, so Kane's double in Volgograd has enabled them to break the sequence of failure.

This is England's first opening match win in over ten years!

Despite a couple of uneasy moments in possession during the first half, Leicester City centre-back Maguire, who now has six England caps, impressed with his industrious distribution and enterprising forward runs, particularly when his side were hunting for a victor.

When Walker's flailing arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, a penalty was awarded and Sassi slotted it in to equalize.

While Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer were more subdued, Lineker reacted as every other England fan did...

England had penalty claims of their own turned down before struggling to maintain their intensity after halftime.

"I think there could have been a couple of penalties, especially when you look at their one", Kane said.

"The revs began to drop", Ronay continues, until Kane pops up to deliver England their first-ever stoppage time victor at the World Cup.

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