Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
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What Ian Wright posted on Twitter after Tunisia players manhandled Harry Kane

What Ian Wright posted on Twitter after Tunisia players manhandled Harry Kane

After months of solid preparation, Gareth Southgate's England begin their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a Group G clash against Tunisia on Monday night - here's how the teams will line up.

Harry Kane said his late header to secure a 2-1 win over Tunisia gave England a "bit of justice" after he was impeded on some earlier opportunities.

The Tunisian made the most of the contact but it was a penalty, albeit a soft one which was made all the harder to accept when England were denied two much more obvious penalties.

Tunisia was undefeated during World Cup qualifiers, but also had a much easier schedule than teams in other continents.

Belgium will have considered themselves favourite for Group G's top spot coming into the competition, and their confidence won't have been dented after watching England get their first taste of action in Russian Federation.


The experiment of moving Kyle Walker to centre-back had been largely successful before the World Cup, with Manchester City's mercurial man impressing there in recent friendlies against Italy, Nigeria and the Netherlands. Instead they were opened up repeatedly by England early on, especially on the right flank with Kieran Trippier posing attacking menace with his pace and incisive crosses.

Teams that have experience of playing at the highest level, like at World Cups, know how to manage a game and stem the tide when they need to.

'It was tough but we played really well and could have scored a few more. But after the break, Kane was once again grappled and shoved to the ground with neither the referee nor VAR taking action.

Harry Kane scored twice, including a dramatic injury-time victor, after Ferjani Sassi's penalty had cancelled out the England captain's opener.

"Harry Maguire's potential is huge", said Southgate.

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