Late header from Kane gives England win over Tunisia

And the plucky underdogs managed to frustrate the Three Lions throughout the second half, only for Kane to break their hearts with a stoppage time victor.

And in one match Kane now has doubled the World Cup goals tally of England's record scorer Wayne Rooney, who played in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Gareth Southgate's men continued to probe as the first-half progressed but Tunisia scored next after Kyle Walker fouled inside the penalty area.

Mouez Hassen was caught by Lingard in the fifth minute but remained on the field and even pulled off a fine save - clawing away Stones' header from Ashley Young's corner - before Kane scored.

It was down to captain Kane to swing the game back in their favour with minutes to go, reacting fastest to Harry Maguire's flick-on to nod home the victor at the far post.

He said: 'We got told before that there was going to be a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up there were more than we thought. We've got to recover well, we've got to prepare well and we've got to play as well, if not better, in the second game to win that.

The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team. We kept going. It's a World Cup, you go to the last second. There were things in the game we couldn't control tonight, but we reacted really well to them.

It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a draw and falling two points behind Belgium, who defeated Panama 3-0 earlier in the day, until Kane nodded home at the back post in the first minute of stoppage-time to earn a 2-1 victory for his side. I'll take playing like that in every game if it means we win every game 2-1 like that! England's chances all fell to other players and Kane was merely on the periphery of everything, not involved enough.

England started like a house on fire as they pinned the Tunisians to their half with slick passing from the back. "The way we'll change the game is by bringing on a different profile of players, who carry a different sort of threat".

But England did not have to wait long for the goal as Harry Kane netted in the 11th minute.

England's Dele Alli takes the kick off, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia, June 18, 2018. Yet on that corner in injury time, he found space at the far post to place a ideal header between Farouk Ben Mustapha (who replaced an injured Hassen in goal in the first half) and his post.

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