Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
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England Fan Braves Stormy Seas, Stormier Politics to Reach World Cup

England Fan Braves Stormy Seas, Stormier Politics to Reach World Cup

Anticipation of England's World Cup kick-off was building in the city of Volgograd on Monday.

England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday.

Kane put England deservedly ahead in the 11th minute when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones towards the striker who coolly netted.

Other England fans tried to stop him, resulting in a "conflict", and the fan "did not obey (a policeman's) lawful demands to cease acts of hooliganism", police said.

British Embassy officials in Russian Federation have sounded an optimistic note ahead of England's first match at the World Cup, praising Volgograd for the welcome it has given the Three Lions' travelling support.

"We're aware of the history of the city, the importance of that battle in the Second World War", Southgate said.

"It's something that of course is the past and we respect the people who lost their lives who fought together".

"There's a lot of talk about relationships between our country and Russian Federation, but the history there is very strong from that period".

He never fails to turn up for the big occasion, breaking down Tunisia's wall by poking in at a set-piece in the first half just as fans were concerned that England may not find a way through.

It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, just over five weeks to make the around 2,000 kilometer (1,243 miles) journey, which he timed so that he would arrive in good time for England's first World Cup match against Tunisia in the southern Russian Federation city of Volgograd. But, as they say: cometh the hour, cometh the man - and that man would be the prolific Kane.

"We're really grateful to those who are travelling". Fans of the side were vastly outnumbered by Tunisians in the stadium and the fanzone earlier in the day. But it's not something I'll be thinking about until later in the tournament.

"I don't expect that to be an issue this time".

"We had some of them in our eyes and some of them in our mouth".

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