Fans descend on Volgograd ahead of England's World Cup opener

Steven Gerrard left and Joe Cole centre

Tottenham striker scored twice for England including dramatic late victor.

The match was far closer than many thought it would be, with team captain Harry Kane netting a game-winning header in the final minutes to save his team from disaster.

The manager of the English national football team, Gareth Southgate, announced the starting line-up for the clash against Tunisia at their opening game of the 2018 World Cup.

Kane was speaking in the press conference after his two goals gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday.

England fan Di Cunningham plans to fly the flag - quite literally - for gay rights in Russian Federation on Monday night, where she will be cheering on the Three Lions' in their World Cup opener against Tunisia.

All the momentum of the first half was lost as England's played slowed down and they were unable to carve open space for Kane and his strike partner Raheem Sterling.

There have also been reciprocal visits to the United Kingdom by Russian police to see how we police matches and much has been learned from the five occasions Premier League teams have played Russian opponents in European club competitions over the last two seasons, all of which passed off without incident.

Portugal keeper Ricardo right saves Steven Gerrard's penalty
Even a shoot-out could not bring multiple England goals

He said: "He (Kane) is a top, top striker isn't he". The penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.

"As of a [Richie] Smallwood for us, you can put in a destructive player like a [Jordan] Henderson or a [Eric] Dier in there to put out the fires and see what is happening".

England captain Harry Kane has admitted that the Russian dolls that have popped up in his image in Russia 'make me look chubby.' .

"Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end", Kane said.

After Belgium thrashed Panama 3-0 in the other Group G game on Monday, the pressure was on England to deliver only their second win in their last nine games at World Cups.

We're going to win it.

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