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Tunisia 1-2 England PLAYER RATINGS: Kane made perfect start but Walker is still adapting to new role




A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

A 35th minute Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Kane’s 11th minute opener.

After the break, England, who had wasted several good chances in the first half, struggled to break down the deep defending African side.

But from a Kieran Trippier corner, a glancing header from Harry Maguire found Kane at the back post and he nodded home to give England a winning start.

Harry Kane scored twice as England made a winning start to the 2018 World Cup campaign

Harry Kane scored twice as England made a winning start to the 2018 World Cup campaign

Harry Kane scored twice as England made a winning start to the 2018 World Cup campaign

ENGLAND (3-4-1-2)

JORDAN PICKFORD 7

(Saves 0, shots faced 1, successful passes 18/26, pass completion 69.2%) 

Had little to do but was extremely confident. Made us comfortable playing from the back.

KYLE WALKER 6.5   

(Tackles won 0, clearances 0, fouls 1, successful passes 71/75)

Poor positioning for the penalty. Should not have been facing his own goal. Still adapting to this role.

Kyle Walker conceded a penalty when he made contact with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef

Kyle Walker conceded a penalty when he made contact with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef

Kyle Walker conceded a penalty when he made contact with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef

JOHN STONES 7

(Tackles won 2, clearances 0, successful passes 73/74, fouls 1) 

There will be bigger tests but he looked class on the ball. Thumping header set up first goal.

JORDAN HENDERSON 8

(Tackles won 0, clearances 0, successful passes 71/75, fouls 1) 

Bossed the midfield. He may not be England’s captain but was a real leader for Southgate.

HARRY MAGUIRE 7

(Tackles won 1, clearances 1, successful passes 69/78, fouls 2)  

Recovered from early mistakes. Came out from the back well with the ball and got a huge assist.  

Harry Maguire capped an impressive display by setting up Kane for the winner

Harry Maguire capped an impressive display by setting up Kane for the winner

Harry Maguire capped an impressive display by setting up Kane for the winner

KIERAN TRIPPIER 7.5

(Chances created 6, tackles won 1, fouls 0, successful passes 41/52)    

Very happy with his display. Got forward well and delivery from corners was good.

JESSE LINGARD 6.5

(Chances created 0, total shots 2, shots on target 1,successful passes 27/28)    

Always positive but missed two good first-half chances. He must be more composed.

DELE ALLI 6.5

(Chances created 1, total shots 2, shots on target 2,successful passes 25/30)

Started brightly but faded. Scan will tell how seriously a thigh injury will impact his World Cup  

Jesse Lingard was always positive but missed two good first-half chances on Monday

Jesse Lingard was always positive but missed two good first-half chances on Monday

Jesse Lingard was always positive but missed two good first-half chances on Monday

ASHLEY YOUNG 6.5

(Chances created 2, tackles won 0, fouls 2, successful passes 14/23)

Lovely cross for the first goal but does not give us enough balance. Rose may come in for Panama.

RAHEEM STERLING 6.5

(Total shots 1, shots on target 0, chances created 2, successful passes 15/19)

Full of energy but lost the ball too often and missed a great chance early in the match.

HARRY KANE 9

(Total shots 2, shots on target 2, chances created 0, successful passes 14/23)

Perfect start. Scored two captain’s goals to give England — and himself — so much confidence. 

Ashley Young created the first goal for England but unbalanced the side against Tunisia

Ashley Young created the first goal for England but unbalanced the side against Tunisia

Ashley Young created the first goal for England but unbalanced the side against Tunisia

SUBSTITUTES

Marcus Rashford 7 (for Sterling, 68min), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Alli 80), Eric Dier (for Lingard 90)

GARETH SOUTHGATE 8

I loved seeing the emotion from him at the end. He has handled everything well so far and last night was not afraid to take off big players in Alli and Sterling to change the game.

TUNISIA (4-4-1-1)

Hassen 5.5 (Ben Mustapha 15min, 6); Bronn 6.5, S Ben Youssef 5.5, Meriah 6, Maaloul 6; F Ben Youssef 5.5, Skhiri 6.5, Sassi 6.5, Badri 5.5; Khazri 5.5 (Khalifa 85); Sliti 5.5 (Ben Amor 74). Scorers: Sassi pen 35.

Booked: None.

Manager: Nabil Maaloul 6.5.

REFEREE 

WILMAR ROLDAN (COL) 5

Poor display. Missed two clear penalties for fouls on Kane.  

 










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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