Harry Kane scored in the closing minutes to secure three points for England and a strong start to the team's quest for World Cup redemption.
England made a deserved breakthrough in the 11th minute, after a high-octane start, when Kane tucked home from close-range after Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassan acrobatically kept out a John Stones' header.
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And then with minutes ticking away, Kane gave England their first win in a World Cup game after eight years.
"I was most proud of the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down". The way they played in the second half is not promising for the next few games in the tournament but in the first half, they created so many chances. "Obviously when you look at the penalty they got - I've not seen it back - on the pitch it looked quite soft". We spoke this morning and covered being behind and in front in games, how we'd react being 1-1 with 15 minutes to go, and we had to keep probing and look for the win while not exposing ourselves on the counter ...
The Spurs striker admitted there had been some nerves present beforehand in the camp, but was full of praise for the team.
"There was a lot more than I first thought", Kane added. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account.
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Willian is now at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the Brazil national side who are touted to go all the way. He added of the midfielder's move to Chelsea's top-flight rivals: "He can improve [them] a lot".
Next up for Tunisia is Belgium on Saturday, while England takes on Panama on Sunday.
They paid the price when the North Africans were rightly awarded a penalty before the break.
The FA instructed the England team to apply swathes of high-strength insect repellent throughout the night, with several players seen re-coating themselves with spray during stoppages in play. We got this result over the last three weeks, not just tonight.
England's hero was Harry Kane, whose two goals took his global tally to 15 in 25 games. "England need more chances to fall for him given those two chances were his only real sights of goal, but they can trust in their skipper". We felt that Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli had caused huge problems for the opposition, but it was a good moment to put on a different threat.
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He added: "They've been very friendly". "I think if the Skripal business hadn't happened we would have had 10,000 here", he said. In recent years the first game's always been hard .