Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

England have since announced confirmation that Alli picked up a thigh strain during the Tunisia game.

Memories of fan violence hung over England's first Word Cup match in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday but these were all but forgotten after Harry Kane's injury-time winning goal against Tunisia.

England manager Gareth Southgate said after England's victory: "I think my observation would be that if it's a penalty at one end, it has to be a penalty at the other".

He told reporters afterwards: "Hopefully I am OK".

"So, OK, if we had finished 1-1, there would have been a level of disappointment and I understand results back home would be viewed differently".

"There was a lot more than I first thought", Kane added. But I don't think they have the quality we have. You can not trust us to recover from a bad result in the opening game. So we kept wave after wave of attack.

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. "One of the things Federation Internationale de Football Association said that they would look to stop at this World Cup was defenders ignoring the ball at set-pieces to merely hold or block opponents", he told the Daily Mail.

This was the first time that England have scored two or more goals in the opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1998.

And, after Tunisia levelled through Ferjani Sassi's penalty following Kyle Walker's needless forearm to the head of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, the Spurs man nodded home the victor in the 91st minute - his 10th England goal in his last eight outings.

Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he headed home Switzerland's equaliser early in the second half of their Group E opener on Sunday.

"They're really glad to have us here".

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.

The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man nearly fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.

"Probably not. In the World Cup it is probably a penalty".

"He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top".

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