It had been discussed as the tournament where England’s Harry Kane was to announce himself as a member of football’s top class of players, and so far it appears everything is going accordingly for the England captain.
Kane scored two – including one in injury time at the end to win it for the Three Lions – to lead England to a 2-1 win over a well-organised Tunisia side.
Kane opened the scoring in the 11th minute, before Tunisia drew level in the 35th minute after Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty. Minutes earlier England’s star defender Kyle Walker took out Tunisia’s Fakhredinne Ben Youssef with a stray elbow, with the referee pointing to the spot.
The match entered injury time with England looking like continuing what has so far been a disappointing run for the big nations at this year’s tournament. So far, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina have come up short, while France were lucky to get away with a win against the Socceroos.
But Kane’s late header sealed it for the Three Lions, who draw level with Belgium at the top of their group on three points. Belgium impressed in the earlier game of the day, beating Panama 3-0 on the back of some excellent performances from their much hyped stars.
The next round of matches in Group G take place next weekend, with Belgium taking on Tunisia and England meeting Panama.