Kane: England players had flies in our mouths

Kane: England players had flies in our mouths

Difficulties in travelling to Russia and the violent clashes between English and Russian fans in Marseille at Euro 2016 have led to a sharp drop in the numbers travelling to watch Southgate's team, but the former England defender is confident his players will still receive the backing they need.

Mindful of Ronaldo's hat-trick for Portugal against Spain on Friday and doubles for Spaniard Diego Costa, also in that match, and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, Kane is the first England player to score twice in a World Cup game since Gary Lineker in 1990.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the main data points to come out of England's opening game.

Kane headed a 91st-minute victor to follow his opening goal as Gareth Southgate's side edged to a 2-1 Group G success in Volgograd. But after Kyle Walker softly conceded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted in the 35th, numerous fouls went against England. "We did the right things and made good decisions and were good value for the win".

Kane has thrived under the management of Gareth Southgate, with his double in Volgograd taking his tally to 10 goals in eight internationals since Southgate took charge - including eight in six as captain. For all the placidness and togetherness within the group, Southgate has added persistence and doggedness.

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Southgate said: "We're of course aware of the history of the city and the importance of that battle in the Second World War". With the meeting with Panama looming, the Spaniard is set to be without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen through injury.

"The idea of coming to Russian Federation or going to (2022 World Cup host) Qatar and supporting England is really quite hard for an LGBT-plus fan", Cunningham said. Low expectations for this year's overhauled team were dispelled early in Russian Federation when Kane reacted quickly to score after John Stones' header was saved. The penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.

Kane was pushed to ground again after the break, this time by Yassine Meriah, but again nothing was given.

Mr Law said: "To get a last-minute victor, Harry Kane absolute legend.

We kept going. We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", he said.

Dee Dee Murray, aged 60 from Luton, said: "That is exactly the result we needed - I knew we were going to do it".

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