He had replaced Alli and offered strength and direct pace down the right, an unfamiliar position after he spent most of last season playing on the left, and won the corner from which Harry Kane scored his stoppage-time victor.
Unfortunately we can not embed gifs which show the incident, but if you do search one out via Twitter (there are plenty available) you will see that the Stones push is just before Kane was actually fouled (not the initial contact).
Few would disagree that the Three Lions deserved the win against a poor Tunisian side, who only found the net after being handed a debatable penalty when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Ferjani Sassi.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We've got to look at VAR and the reasons why it's so inconsistent".
Despite disappointed with the results of the match against England in the World Cup Group G clash on Monday, the Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul praised his men for the defensive attitude during the whole game. "Obviously when you look at the penalty they got...
But I believe the best teams in the world have that belief in what they are doing and in the end they break teams down".
That comes on top of Brazil's complaints to Federation Internationale de Football Association after they felt they were denied two key decisions in their draw with Switzerland.
"The players know the team and I think that's helpful".
"They're really glad to have us here".
He said: "Being a black football fan, being a black England fan I was nervous to come out here".
"I think there's a lot more training and education to be done because it should not be in this tournament".
The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man nearly fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.
Pints were launched in the air, furniture sent flying and shirts and flags waved by fans in celebration as England, in typical fashion, took supporters down to the wire to claim a nervy 2-1 win. In recent years the first game's always been hard.
"It's a great night for Gareth", Shearer said.
England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday.
The friendly noises from both sides are a long way from the clashes between Russian Federation and England fans in Marseille during the 2016 European championship, which left two people in a coma and others seriously injured.
Interestingly Granqvist's last four goals have all comes from the penalty spot, with goals against Belarus, Luxemburg and now South Korea.