World Cup 2018: England Vs. Tunisia Preview - A Tale of Cautious Optimism

There is a change in mood and atmosphere amongst English fans. For the first time in many years the English are quietly cheerful and positive as their side begins their campaign against the Tunisia. The African nation are entering with a surge of momentum as they soared to an all time high of 14 on the Fifa Rankings to only drop to 21 before the start of the tournament.  It would not surprise the average fan see England have a lackluster performance despite being the favourites coming into this tie.  

Predicted Score: England 2:0 Tunisia. Southgate's side will have to work their socks off in order to get a hard fought win against their Group G rivals. This side is blessed with youth and attacking prowess that should bring a dynamic that has been missing from the Three Lions.

Predicted England XI:(3-1-4-2): Butland (gk), Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Lingard, Alli, Sterling, Kane (c)

Predicted Tunisia XI: (4-2-3-1): Hassen, Bronn, Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maâloul, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri, Khaoui, Sliti, Khazri

Predicted Man of the Match: Harry Kane. Coming off another stellar season with the Spurs, his contribution will be key. Kane will need lead from the forefront as Captain in order to break down Tunisia's back line.

Biggest X-Factor: Raheem Sterling His pace and ability to create space for himself is crucial to stretch the defensive line of Tunisia. He needs to make focused runs with intent rather than make lethargic sprints that do nothing but burn a few calories.

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