Midges annoy players from England and Tunisia in Volgograd

Tunisia coach rues influence of

Focus on Harry Kane – England's captain and match-winner

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 England's 12th man went away delighted as the national team emerged 2-1 winners, with many lauding two-goal hero Harry Kane.

Wing-backs Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young had freedom but as the game wore on and England's approach became increasingly easy to deal with for the African side, the sight of three centre-halves against a lone Tunisian attacker looked incongruous. "What pleased me was that we kept the control and composure", he told reporters. They were winless in their last seven World Cup opening matches, winning just two and drawing the rest. Between them, they have played 78 games for England, but have delivered a combined total of just five goals.

But they need to show much more - better finishing, greater variety in possession and a more active approach from their manager - in the tougher tests ahead.

The incident comes as England is set to play its first World Cup match in Russia, after serious violence broke out between Russian and England fans in the French city of Marseille during the Euro 2016 championship.

"I felt positive at 1-1, the pace did drop off a bit".

England manager Gareth Southgate included Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup, with Jordan Henderson as the solitary England enforcer in the middle of the pitch and left Eric Dier on the bench, as widely expected. My granddad was a marine. 'As a fan I've been to watch numerous England games as a boy - they're passionate, everyone loves the game.

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"I've been impressed with the way the team have prepared and handled themselves".

"I think this group are more relaxed than in recent tournaments".

"We talked about this with the players at St George's Park over the last few weeks before coming to Russian Federation".

"I guess as players there's nothing we can do about that. They have a young and exciting team", Tony said.

"It depends what the expectation is, as to whether that's matching what's been there in the past".

"We had total control of the game in the second half and we stayed patient".

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