Shearer lauds Kane after England captain nets late victor against Tunisia

Marcus Newton
June 20, 2018

Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time victor, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.

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.

"Hopefully I am OK", he said after the game.

"Only for the chances we missed in the first half, we would have won this game before half-time", Lampard said.

Shopping centre director Ian Cox said: "Like everyone else here tonight, I'm thrilled with England result".

"I think he was behind the victory of the English team". If there's to be anything levelled at us it would be to be ruthless with those.

"The VAR took a while but we are very pleased they had it".

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AVAR2 - The AVAR2′s role is to look at the TV programme feed (so what we see when we're watching a match live) and to help factor any angles caught by this feed into the decision making. So we kept wave after wave of attack.

"I think (the VAR officials) thought someone had handled the ball on the line and obviously played the replays and looked at it closely but if they'd looked earlier, in the build-up to the ball hitting the bar, then they would have seen the penalty incident".

Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England's World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious. "We deserved the win but it's just like being a Bolton fan, they never make it easy". Only four payers had who have played more than 30 matches, with them being Jordan Henderson (39), Raheem Sterling (38), Kyle Walker (35) and Ashley Young (34).

FIFA is satisfied with the operation of the innovative VAR (Video Assistance Referee) system at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Norway's NRK television channel said on Sunday, citing the world's governing football body.

An opening win is all Southgate could have asked for and after their poor performances in recent tournaments, England will go into their next game against Panama with calmness and confidence.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker had not scored at a major tournament after drawing a blank at the last European Championship, but Southgate labeled him a "top, top striker" after his man-of-the-match display.

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