England fan 'blown away' by warm welcome to Russian Federation

England fan 'blown away' by warm welcome to Russian Federation

England fan 'blown away' by warm welcome to Russian Federation

And England fans were left ragging - after the absence of reviews from the game against Tunisia.

England were thankful for Harry Kane's late goal in their 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday night as the Spurs striker popped up with an injury-time victor in a game plagued by refereeing inconsistency and millions of midges.

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.

"I've talked a lot in the weeks leading into this game about performance being key".

"We had to keep monitoring Dele", said Southgate.

"The fact I made my mind up to come a week ago to Russian Federation, I'm so happy that I came and I think anybody who didn't come unfortunately you are missing a good one". If there's to be anything levelled at us it would be to be ruthless with those. I'm excited watching them.

"You're always proud to see it come off in a game".

Attacks became predictable and fizzled out on the edge of the area as Tunisia closed down space and kept England safely at a distance from goal.

"It goes to 1-1, momentum changes a bit, so I thought we recovered well from that", he said.

One said: "VAR got the correct decision for this one".

It was a conservative approach which relied on persistence and fresh legs to deliver results and in the end it worked as England earned their first win in the opening game of a major tournament since they beat Paraguay in the 2006 World Cup.

After a rocky start, and a couple of strong penalty claims by Kane, Tunisia's defensive wall seemed increasingly comfortable as England failed to carve a way though. During each match they watch replays picked out by a team of replay operators.

Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account. If they didn't think it's a penalty, we have to deal with that. "As with everything it needs improving and I think it will improve in time".

Maybe it was always going to be this way since IFAB, the body in charge of the laws of the game, approved the use of video technology for all 64 games in Russian Federation during the months leading up to the tournament. In the first half, Lukaku had just seven touches of the ball which was seven fewer than any other player on the pitch.

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

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