Kane's dramatic stoppage-time goal gives England win over Tunisia

Kane's dramatic stoppage-time goal gives England win over Tunisia

England usually enters the FIFA World Cup as a favorite to make a deep run in the tournament, but that's not the case in 2018 in Russian Federation.

Harry Kane will lead the England attack in their World Cup opener against Tunisia, with manager Gareth Southgate naming a starting XI with few surprise inclusions.

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.

Maguire nodded on a corner to the far post and Kane was there to glance home, to the delight of all connected to England.

Kane put England deservedly ahead in the 11th minute when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones toward the striker who coolly netted.

It was a dramatic finish as England pushed during the final half hour to find the victor, and it didn't look like it was coming, until it did.

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Not after Kane got England off to a flawless start with an 11th-minute tap in.

Tunisia dropped increasingly deeper as the second-half progressed and Kane broke Tunisian hearts with a brilliant header in the 91st minute.

"I think we deserved the win", he said.

Their breakthrough came in controversial circumstances on 35 minutes, when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the box. "Both he and Jordan Pickford have not played in cup finals and big-stage Champions League matches - but he has great composure and has a calm temperament".

England's new-look, younger squad will look to start its 2018 World Cup with some positive momentum when it faces African upstart Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia, on Monday. Maybe it was a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end.

Maguire said: "I had a couple of nervy passes in the first half - it's a big occasion and your first game at this high pressure".

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