Harry Kane grabbed a late winner in his World Cup debut to dramatically send his side over the hump and clinch a win for England in Volgograd.
England are young puppies coming into this game. Everyone from Gareth Southgate to the squad he played out are relatively inexperienced at the most coveted stage in football. The Three Lions did not let the stage get the best of them and came out to a roaring start but failed to make the most of their exploits. England created chance after chance and much to the frustration of Southgate, the ball evaded the goal. That was the 11th minute when Harry Kane netted in an opening goal and the first in a World Cup. John Stones rose and met an Ashley Young with a excellent header and despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Hassen, Kane snuck in and slotted home from a couple of yards out.
Hassen was sublime in the opening minutes of the first half and ensured that England only scored the lone goal during his time on the pitch. His night ended 15 minutes into the match with tears streaming down his eyes as he was forced off with Farouk Ben Mustapha taking his stead. More chances came for England though the score stayed at 1-0. As the first half progressed, the Tunisians found their footing and found sight of goal when Ben Youssef headed wide. England's one true blunder came in the 34th minute when Kyle Walker - playing out of his natural position - caught Ben Youssef with his arm in the box. The referee had no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Tunisia scored from the resulting penalty and drew level as Ferjani Sassi coolly tucked in a penalty, just beating the outstretched fingers of Jordan Pickford.
The second half was somewhat dreary and lacked the flair and zest that entertained fans in the first half. The best chance of the half came from a Ashley Young free kick that curled effectively but lacked the dip to stay on target. His shot flew over the bar and Tunisia were inching their way towards a draw. The North African side absorbed wave after wave of England's onslaught and were staring at snatching a point at the expense of the Three Lions.
But their decision to sit back and play defensive was not part of the script that Harry Kane wrote for himself. He clearly saw a different outcome and put this out to play. Bombing down the right flank, Trippier's cross into a dangerous position was headed on to the unmarked striker who composed himself and fired a close range header to steal a win from Tunisia.
England and Belgium are off to flying starts in Group G. Both nations landed in Russia after breezing through qualifiers without a loss to their names and will now look to seal their places in the knockout stages in the coming days. England had a dominant performance but required the heroics of Captain Harry Kane to carry them over the finish line. It looked as though Tunisia had managed to secure a point against the Three Lions after capitalizing on a penalty were it not fo Harry Kane. The Three Lions were resolute in getting all 3 points and did just that.
Man of the Match: Harry Kane. A hard fought performance from a captain who lead from the front. He set the tempo and forced the Tunisian defence into unfamiliar positions. His two goals were key to giving England the early lead and then the victory when his side needed their talisman the most.