Tunisia v England, 18 June 2018

Tunisia vs. England - 6/18/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

England are now in uncharted territory; they are in a land of positivity and confidence after Harry Kane's dramatic late victor secured a 2-1 victory against Tunisia in Volgograd to ensure a dream start to Russian Federation 2018.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker bookended a heroic performance and scored either side of a Ferjani Sassi equaliser from the penalty spot, netting a 91st-minute victor as Gareth Southgate's side clinched three points in shaky fashion.

However, missed chances from Jesse Lingard, who was guilty of wasting a number of opportunities, and Dele Alli meant that England's lead remained slender.

England, with Alli seemingly struggling from a first half knock, could not reignite their early intensity and manager Gareth Southgate turned to the bench for inspiration.

But in the second half England looked lethargic and Tunisia seemed set for a famous draw until Kane was in the right place to guide in Harry Maguire's flick.

But Kane popped up in the 91s minute to head England to victory from a corner. The penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.




As half-time approached England worked a clever free-kick situation with the ball falling to Lingard unmarked, but he could only hit his shot against a defender.

Of England's 14 chances created in the 90 minutes, six were created by Trippier - the most of any player on the pitch and the most of any player in a single game at the World Cup so far. Maybe it was a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end.

As England plays their first World Cup match today against Tunisia, fans will notice Wayne Rooney, an important fixture of English soccer, missing from the action. You have to focus and concentrate and I feel I grew into the game.

England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.

"There were ups and downs for me personally, but I think it (the result) just shows the work we have done for the last three weeks prior to the game".

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