England fans lost their minds over Harry Kane's late game-winning goal

Dele Alli

Dele Alli

First things first, it is not a negative thing that England had to rely on Harry Kane to come to the rescue with his late victor against Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

The Spurs full-back was employed in the wing-back position by Gareth Southgate, and his outing in England's opening World Cup game received plenty of praise.

Elsewhere, a video of England fans in Maidstone celebrating Harry Kane's last gasp victor against Tunisia in the World Cup has received thousands of views online.

"We are proud of each other", Kane said after the Three Lions started a major tournament with a win for the first time since 2006.

Kane opened the scoring in the 11th minute during England's dominance of the early stages. "What pleased me was that we kept the control and composure", he told reporters.

Chris Watkins, 53, who is originally from Leicester but has lived and run a travel firm in Volgograd for five years, said: "We were bit flat at times but a win's a win".

Eventually, Kyle Walker put an arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef when a cross swung in and a penalty was awarded, which Ferjani Sassi scored; the first spot kick England have conceded at a World Cup, discarding shoot-outs, since Gabriel Batistuta for Argentina in France '98.

Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland in their first World Cup match in 16 years.

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said he didn't feel them because he was "so focused on the team, on the game".

Dries Mertens joined Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002) as only the second player to score in two editions of the World Cup, when he hammered home a superb volley two minutes into the second half, sending the ball arcing over Jaime Penedo after Panama struggled to clear a cross.

"The best teams in the world keep that belief in what they're doing", Southgate said, "and in the end they break the opposition down".

Mr Nourse added: "I think we can get through the group and with England you never know after that". Kane, Sterling, Rashford, Vardy and Welbeck all have goals in them - particularly when you look at the players we have capable of providing opportunities. "They have a young and exciting team", Tony said.

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