Gareth Southgate praises England's fighting spirit after late Tunisia win

England boss Gareth Southgate

I think England rolls to an easy tournament opening win on Monday, so I'll back the Three Lions with a -1.5 handicap.

And 10 minutes before half-time England were punished for wasting chances as Roldan ruled Walker had intentionally made contact with Ben Youssef, Sassi's penalty powerful enough to beat the fingertips of Jordan Pickford and find the bottom-left corner.

The last gasp goal saved England's blushes in a game where they squandered a number of chances to pull away from their North African opponents.

Tunisia comes into the 2018 World Cup as the 21st ranked team in the world, punching their ticket to Russian Federation after finishing tops in Group A in CAF qualifying, finishing just one point ahead of 2nd place Congo.

And the captain's last-gasp victor after Ferjani Sassi had equalised with a dubious penalty sparked frantic scenes of celebration as England got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start.

England found the breakthrough in the 91st minute, with Harry Maguire flicking on a Kieran Trippier corner to Harry Kane, who headed home a precious victor.

England defender Kyle Walker was bemused by the decision to give a penalty against him in the first half of the Three Lions' World Cup triumph over Tunisia.

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"In the Premier League it probably wasn't a foul, but in the World Cup it was", he said to the BBC.

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

"The first half we should have been clear".

"It was really warm, we wanted to start really well and we did". We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep.

England will be back in action on Sunday, when they face Panama in the second round of Group G fixtures.

Kane had given England the lead in the 11th minute after a bright start.

Rooney is England's all-time scorer in global matches, scoring 53 goals in 119 matches.

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