Five-a-side fun for England fans in baking hot Volgograd

Howard TerryJun 19, 2018

The striker did not get the hat-trick he craved to match Cristiano Ronaldo, but his two goals both came from corners and the last, headed over the line in second-half stoppage time, dragged England through a lacklustre World Cup opener against Tunisia by the scruff of their neck.

Gareth Southgate's men made an outstanding start to the Group G encounter in Volgograd, where the 24-year-old opened the scoring with his first major tournament goal.

England hero Harry Kane said he and his team-mates had flies in their mouths during a last-gasp World Cup victory over Tunisia.

Few would disagree that the Three Lions deserved the win against a poor Tunisian side, who only found the net after being handed a debatable penalty when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Ferjani Sassi.

Mobile phone vision has captured an idiotic England fan's hilarious celebration fail after the side's opening World Cup win. "What pleased me was that we kept the control and composure", he told reporters.

There have also been reciprocal visits to the United Kingdom by Russian police to see how we police matches and much has been learned from the five occasions Premier League teams have played Russian opponents in European club competitions over the last two seasons, all of which passed off without incident.

On nearly every occasion in recent memory, England's pre-tournament positivity has been swiftly punctured by a lacklustre opening display devoid of vim and vigour.

Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland in their first World Cup match in 16 years.

But do you remember the names of the men that could be lifting the World Cup for England on 15 July?

Walker's error halted their momentum but by half-time Southgate's men had fired in six shots on target - more than any other side at Russian Federation 2018 and the most of any England team since that triumphant 1966 campaign.

And the north Africans were still level as the game went past the 90-minute mark. If they didn't think it's a penalty, we have to deal with that.

Lukaku scored a brace to break the resistance of a courageous Panama side on their World Cup debut.

Lined up alongside Raheem Sterling as part of a two-pronged attack in front of a midfield five, which saw Tottenham team mate Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young deployed as wing-backs.

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