Tunisia coach rues influence of 'optimal striker' Harry Kane

Tunisia coach rues influence of 'optimal striker' Harry Kane

Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire's flick-on, scoring the winning goal Monday in a 2-1 victory at the World Cup.

Tunisia 1-2 England in the World Cup 2018 Russian Federation is the biggest talking point so far.

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.

"If we were to get a draw, it would have been an excellent result for us", lamented Maaloul, who is in his second stint as Tunisia boss.

Some thought the responsibility of being captain would be too heavy for him to carry. When the manager is looking for someone to do something, you want the captain to do something.

It was a win which England had to work hard for, a fine example of the patient mentality that Gareth Southgate has installed into this young squad. Finally, they got their goal.

"Even at 1-1 I was really proud of the performance", said Southgate.

"It's a great night for Gareth", Shearer said.

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But Rashford, accompanied later by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, gave England's performance the intracardiac injection it desperately needed with 20 minutes left. It's an outcome we should have seen coming, considering he's racked up 105 goals (in the Premier League; 135 in all club competitions; another 13 for England prior to Monday) since the start of the 2014-15 season.

However, the most impressive thing about Kane is his ability to always find a way to create just one more chance.

They will need to be better than this when they face stronger opponents, but you can not overstate the importance of belief and confidence for this England squad. But we feel if we play well like we did in the first half (against Tunisia), hopefully we are a bit more clinical and we should get the job done'. In the end, set pieces were enough to get England the three points as both goals came from corners.

"(Harry) showed personality. He made a few mistakes but he came through that", Ferdinand said.

The mood back in the England camp will be one of cautious optimism, a prayer that the low hype attached to the team this time around can see them make quiet progress till they face the might of Belgium in the last group game.

After the game, Kane claimed that his last victor was "justice" for not earning a penalty, saying: "There could have been a couple of penalties, especially when you look at their one, which looked quite soft".

England dominated the entire match with their attacking display yet for nearly the entire match, they had just one goal to show. "At the end the pressure built and built".

The Liverpool skipper said: "We can be friends off the field but when you're on the field it's important that you're fighting for your mate next to you". We've let ourselves down and I've been part of the problem in eight of the last nine tournaments. Well, it is very incredible how Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia seemed to have lost concentration when it mattered most.

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