No flies on Kane as VAR goes AWOL

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British Embassy officials in Russian Federation have sounded an optimistic note ahead of England's first match at the World Cup, praising Volgograd for the welcome it has given the Three Lions' travelling support.

Shopping centre director Ian Cox said: "Like everyone else here tonight, I'm thrilled with England result".

Steve McManaman explains the importance of England's win over Tunisia, and the FC crew rate Harry Kane's performance in his World Cup debut.

England will hope the World Cup newcomers roll over as easily when they meet on Sunday. "We've done a lot of work on them and I think we got just reward for that, so I was really pleased with what we did".

Kane and England made the ideal start to the tournament as he tapped home from close range to score after just 11 minutes.


"But it is another game of football, on a pitch the size that these boys have played on all their lives and we have to prepare them that way".

Pints were launched in the air, furniture sent flying and shirts and flags waved by fans in celebration as England, in typical fashion, took supporters down to the wire to claim a nervy 2-1 win.

Interestingly Granqvist's last four goals have all comes from the penalty spot, with goals against Belarus, Luxemburg and now South Korea.

"You go until the last second", Kane said, "and I'm absolutely buzzing".

Of the goalscorers that day, Steven Gerrard has just moved into management with Rangers and Henrik Larsson can be seen in ITV's studio for this year's tournament, while Joe Cole is out of sight with the North American Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies and Marcus Allback retired in 2013.


Opposite number Nabil Maaloul had nothing to say about the lack of VAR and instead spoke with pride about Tunisia's display in defeat. During each match they watch replays picked out by a team of replay operators. At one point last night it felt like I had a hundred thousand in my hair.

Maybe it was always going to be this way since IFAB, the body in charge of the laws of the game, approved the use of video technology for all 64 games in Russian Federation during the months leading up to the tournament.

"We had to keep monitoring Dele", the Three Lions boss said.

"But he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem".

First Jordan Henderson's lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.


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