Gary Lineker's class reaction to Harry Kane's goal in studio

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Captain Kane had fired England ahead after just 11 minutes when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones on to the foot of the striker.

And after the final whistle the Manchester City man admitted he did not believe he deserved to be punished.

Tunisia will be playing in the World Cup for the first time since 2006 and seeking its first victory since 1978. "I thought we played well, especially in the first half". We are not the finished article.

'We've done for a while since gaffer has been here, good togetherness, ' he said.

Fellow defender Harry Maguire agreed that the penalty was "soft", but praised his side's resolve in bouncing back to take all three points.

This was not a great night for the match officials or VAR. Referee Roldan awarded Tunisia a first-half penalty without consulting VAR, after Walker's arm caught the face of F. Ben Youssef. "Maybe [there was] a bit of justice at the end".

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South Africa 2010 started badly and never really got going for Fabio Capello's team before they were blown away by Germany in the round of 16, while Brazil 2014 was a disaster of two defeats and a draw against Costa Rica before finishing rock bottom of the group. We missed clear-cut chances that you don't get much at this level.

England pushed in search of regaining the lead throughout the second period - and they did so in the 91 minute when Kane glanced in the victor.

"You know he has this nice side to him but at the same time he has a side that you don't want to cross".

"I had a couple of nervy passes in the first half - it's a big occasion and your first game at this high pressure".

Ultimately, they won, and aside from the three points that came with the result, they will also benefit from not having to live under a cloud for the next five days.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard will be expected to provide the creative spark and goals as England bid to join Belgium at the top of the section following Roberto Martinez's team's 3-0 win over Panama earlier on Monday.

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