England have a new prince - and his name is Harry Kane

by Wade Massey June 21, 2018, 2:08
England have a new prince - and his name is Harry Kane

Jordan Henderson completed the 90 minutes as England began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic 2-1 win over Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday evening.

But Sky Sports pundit Merson, who represented England at the 1998 World Cup, says Kane's all-round play was not good enough and needs to improve if England are to go far in the tournament.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute for Gareth Southgate's men in Russian Federation. Eleven minutes in, Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen parried a John Stones header and Kane finished easily from close range.

However, with the game about to enter injury time and England heading for an all too familiar disappointing result to open their account at a major tournament, Kane once again made the difference when he headed home from a few yards out.

But they were nearly made to pay for a succession of missed chances in the first half. "Maybe tonight we could have run out of time, 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". We've got a great bond off the pitch so it's great to see it on the pitch.

The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team.

It's understood chief refereeing figures and officials will hold a press conference-perhaps at the end of the World Cup group stage-to go over some of the controversial calls and scrutinised decisions. I felt that the Tunisians should have kept on playing like the way they did in the first half as they showed that they could also take the game to England.

'Every game is going to be tough, Panama are going to be fighting to stay in the competition.

Kane, England's 24-year-old captain, drew a blank at Euro 2016 but has since notched 10 goals in his last eight internationals over 2017 and 2018.

Derby County manager and former England star Frank Lampard said: "We would have won this game before half-time".

Meanwhile, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney thanked the England players for his 76th birthday present with a post on Instagram.

"For me, I struggled to get them off me". I've not seen the penalty [awarded against England] back but, from my point of view, it didn't look like one.

England will face Panama next at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday. "These are not half chances, these are very, very good chances that we should be putting in the back of the net".


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