England scored late to secure three points in their first game of the World Cup against Tunisia. Captain Harry Kane scored from close range early to give the Three Lions the lead, however their goal was cancelled out when Tunisia equalised from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker gave away a penalty. However Kane again came to the rescue scoring a late header from a corner giving England all three points.
Here are four things we learned we learned from the game:
1. England Can Be Wasteful in Front of Goal
England controlled the ball well and looked threatening when going forward, however in the first half alone they had 12 chances and only found the net once. Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson all had chances, and yet England went in at the break level. By full time England had created 18 chances and only just managed to get out of jail, taking all three points with a very late goal from captain Harry Kane.
If England are going to make it past the quarter finals and play with the big boys, they are going to have to be more clinical in the final third.
2. Raheem Sterling Was Not Good
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling had a very disappointing start to the World Cup. He missed a guilt edge opportunity from close range early in the first half. He had trouble beating his man throughout the whole game before being substituted and was overall quite disappointing.
England's number 10 will be hoping to put this game behind him, and produce better performances against Panama and Belgium.
3. Tunisia Don't Have Enough to Get Out of the Groups
Tunisia gave a spirited performance and almost came out with a point. However, they lacked any real attacking threat and it seems quite likely that Belgium and England will be the two teams to get out of Group G.
Star man Wahbi Khazri was quiet before being substituted. However he worked hard, and tried to create and Tunisia will hope he's just getting started. This will need to be the case if they are to pass to the last 16.
4. Captain Fantastic
England captain Harry Kane scored twice giving England the three points in their first World Cup group game. He left it late sweeping in the header in the last few minutes.
However what is clear from the England number nine's performance is that his two goals means he's already positioned himself excellently to make this his best tournament in England shirt. If England are going to do well, Harry Kane will be a vital in the process.