Harry Kane comes up with weirdest excuse for abject England display

21 June, 2018, 06:32 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • What England must get right on and off the pitch to beat Tunisia

The eighth penalty call at Russian Federation 2018 nearly gave Tunisia a share of the points against England at the Volgograd Arena on Monday; but Harry Kane scored in the last minute of the encounter to give England a great beginning to their World Cup campaign.

Harry Kane scored a brace as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game of the tournament on Monday and the TVviewing pattern of the game showed an interesting trend.

Kane and England made the flawless start to the tournament as he tapped home from close range to score after just 11 minutes.

But referee Wilmar Roldan controversially awarded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted and the video assistant referee then inexplicably overlooked Tunisia's manhandling of Kane in the box.

The Tottenham star was named Man-of-the-Match after scoring both of England's goals in their Group G opener at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward headed home in stoppage time to hand Three Lions a 2-1 win on Monday night.

But Sky Sports pundit Merson, who represented England at the 1998 World Cup, says Kane's all-round play was not good enough and needs to improve if England are to go far in the tournament. "If we manage to split this association on the pitch - that's what I told my players - it would be very good".

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He was fortunate that Jesse Lingard neither went down nor avoided the woodwork after tearing out to deny the Manchester United man in the second half, and was at fault for Harry Kane's late victor at his near post.

"You go until the last second", Kane said, "and I'm absolutely buzzing". "The VAR not giving England a penalty retrospectively was a wrong call", he said.

They need Harry Kane to hold the ball up, get involved and bring other players into the game.

"No matter what system we play, the important thing is when you are attacking you still have structure in your play". "Maybe tonight we could have run out of time, but I believe the best teams in the world have that belief in what they are doing and in the end they break teams down".

'Like I said, the celebrations... watching the celebrations back home, in the stadium, I have been part of that before when I was a kid watching football, so to see it and be part of it is unbelievable'.

"There was a lot more than I first thought", Kane added. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it. The Tunisian goal was the first by an African side at the 2018 World Cup.

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