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Tunisia spellbound by striker's magic as England's new prince sinks them with late victor Harry Kane rose emphatically to the World Cup challenge in England's opening match against Tunisia, scoring a last-gasp victor to give Gareth Southgate's side lift-off in Russian Federation.

That issue came to the fore again during England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday when Harry Kane was continually man-handled inside the box from set-piece situations.

Ferjani Sassi equalized for Tunisia from the spot in the 35th minute, despite Jordan Pickford guessing the right way in a failed attempt to protect the Three Lion's lone-goal lead.

England lie second in Group G behind Belgium on goal difference and can all but secure qualification for the knockout stage with a win against Panama on Sunday.

Before this fixture, Kane had not scored in a major tournament, but, after his all-important double, he becomes the first England player to score twice in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990.

And Craig Mitch, England's social media presenter in Russian Federation, joined Kane in braving the unpleasant conditions and questioned the striker about his double against Tunisia, the match with Panama and the importance of recovery at the World Cup.

"Even at 1-1 I was really proud of the performance", said the manager, whose team join Belgium in claiming maximum points from their first game in the section.

Kane nodded home from close range in the 91st minute following Harry Maguire's flick-on from a corner, adding to his opportunistic finish in the first half in Volgograd.

Kieran Trippier swung in the corner from the right flank, Harry Maguire flicked it on and Kane, unmarked at the back post, guided the ball into the net for his second goal of the game and the victor.

The England captain was a constant menace in the Tunisian area and on another day, he might have won a couple of penalties as well as he was wrestled down to the ground twice with the VAR remaining silent. "They kept going, kept going to the last second".

"I was maybe a bit disappointed by that", Kane said.

"I thought we played really well, especially in the first half and we deserved to be ahead and could have scored a few more". You can not trust us to then recover from a bad performance or result in the first game.

"For me, I struggled to get them off me". But as players it's hard - all we can do is get on with the game and it's down to the officials.


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