GRAHAM POLL: England should have had two penalties against Tunisia

Dan Ashworth- FA’s technical director Dan Ashworth says England are on the right path with Gareth Southgate at 2018 World Cup

Harry Kane has fired England to a 2-1 win in their World Cup opener, scoring an injury time victor to sink Tunisia.

The last time Tunisia and England met was in a group stage game at the 1998 World Cup, which the Three Lions won 2-0. I thought we played really well in the first half, we could have scored a few more.

Tunisia were the challenge that lay ahead of England as they got their World Cup campaign underway on Monday night.

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But England are going to need luck if they are to go far.

Young drifted a free-kick well over the bar and England's chance at victory appeared to have gone.

And England paid for their inaccuracies in front of goal when Kyle Walker took down Ben Youssef in the box with a high arm ten minutes before half time.

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Fortunately the result wasn't affected but Pierluigi Collina, FIFA referees chief, must be talking to both the referee and the VAR operatives to ensure such foul play in the penalty area is punished in future.

The knock did not stop the Tunisia keeper producing heroics to keep out John Stones' header, but he could do nothing about the follow-up as Kane confidently tucked home.

Jesse Lingard would have opened the scoring in the third minute had Mouez Hassen not pulled off a fine save with his legs after the Manchester United forward was found by a cutback from Dele Alli.

It needed a finisher bang in form to make England's domination count and 1,470 days after Wayne Rooney scored against Uruguay, the long wait for a World Cup goal was over.

"We kept fighting and got the late goal and a big win", England midfielder Jordan Henderson said.

He will be desperate to lead by example if selected, though, having previously formed part of disappointing showings at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Prior to Tunisia's equaliser, England were utterly dominant but still gave their opponents hope with defensive lapses and an inability to capitalise on their period of dominance.

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