Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said his side's disciplined defensive formation was gradually worn down by a superior England team and their "optimal striker" Harry Kane after a late 2-1 defeat in their opening World Cup game on Monday.
England captain Kane scored twice including a stoppage-time winner to dash Tunisian hopes of good start in Group G.
"I think he was behind the victory of the English team. It was him who was always there at the right time. He is the optimal striker," Maaloul told reporters.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- England manager Gareth Southgate hailed his team for their 'belief' in the game plan after Harry Kane headed home his second goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.
England made a superb start at the Volgograd Arena when Kane lashed the home from close range in the 11th minute, but the lead lasted only 24 minutes before Tunisia drew level from the penalty spot through Ferjani Sassi.
That was how it stayed as England...
VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- England are now in uncharted territory; they are in a land of positivity and confidence after Harry Kane's dramatic late winner secured a 2-1 victory against Tunisia in Volgograd to ensure a dream start to Russia 2018.
OK, it is not quite virgin ground for England, but getting off to a winning start in a major tournament is something of a rarity for the 1966 World Cup winners.
Not since Germany 2006, when Sven-Goran Eriksson's team claimed a narrow 1-0 win against Paraguay...