Harry Kane secured England a dramatic, late three points in their World Cup opener against Tunisia as the Tottenham Hotspur forward netted twice.
England’s captain scored in stoppage time to finally break the resilience of the highest-ranked African nation at the tournament to move the Three Lions level with Belgium at the top of Group G.
Changes to be made?
The Three Lions headed to Russia with plenty of optimism surrounding Gareth Southgate’s selected squad and the players also delivered plenty of reasons to remain optimistic as they kicked off their World Cup campaign on Monday evening.
England took the lead through Kane who followed up John Stones’ parried shot – a goal which proved as a reward for their positive start to the game.
However, a controversial moment in which Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the area resulting in Tunisia’s equaliser, lead to England having to endure long periods of frustration.
Instead of panicking though, England went about their business calmly and Southgate rolled the dice to bring on Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Dele Alli – a moment which proved to be key.
England supporters have now taken to Twitter following the performance of the Crystal Palace loanee to call for the midfielder to start versus Panama on Sunday.
Loftus-cheek in for Lingard against Panama plzzzz
— COYI⚒ (@Ironsboyjamie) June 18, 2018
Wow they don’t half put us through the ringer do they….for first 35 minutes they were superb. Maguire, Hendo and Trippier outstanding….
Would like to see Rose and Loftus Cheek start on Sunday…
— #OptaDoug (@DougieFFTD) June 18, 2018
Rashford and Loftus-Cheek we’re good off the bench- possible starters for the next match.
Good to start with a win, and it was good. The team played well but were more static in the 2nd half at times.
— AbidurRahman (@chosenbackup) June 18, 2018
Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to start against Panama. Henderson just slows the play down.
— Flocky (@Robert_Flockton) June 18, 2018
Have to say Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a great impression in the short time he was on, definitely has to be in contention for a starting spot vs Panama. #ENG
— Sam (@swhftbl) June 18, 2018
— Roger Gall (@Shambles151) June 18, 2018