Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

England confirm Dele Alli has sustained a thigh injury

England confirm Dele Alli has sustained a thigh injury

Kane had opened the scoring early in the first half, only for England to set about being all England-y. For all the placidness and togetherness within the group, Southgate has added persistence and doggedness.

"We had to keep monitoring Dele", said Southgate. "Togetherness and believing in ourselves".

Who impressed for England during their opening World Cup clash with Tunisia? But England struggled to finish it off.

Despite being on the back foot, Tunisia equalised through Ferjani Sassi's penalty after Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

And England fans were left ragging - after the absence of reviews from the game against Tunisia. Both times, the referee decided against punishing the culprits.

Kane appeared to be hauled down for a second time six minutes after the restart with defender Yassine Meriah this time the alleged offender.

"I've talked a lot in the weeks leading into this game about performance being key".

England seemed destined for a familiar hard-luck story - dominance with little to show for it.

But Kane, Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling only looked sporadically unsafe after the interval - the latter replaced by Marcus Rashford with a quarter of the contest left.

Chances to regain the advantage were squandered.

Self-deprecating humour and honesty have been common features of a reign that has seen Southgate attempt to change England's on-field philosophy and off-field perception. "The control from the back with the ball".

But one English reveller who will be regretting his post-match party antics is the bloke in the video at the top of the page who thought it would be a good idea to jump on the bonnet of a auto.

Gareth Southgate was proud of his players' spirit, togetherness and composure on a night when the England manager felt his side got a raw deal from the officials.

But the captain came up trumps in Volgograd, netting the opener on the rebound from close range for his first goal at a major tournament, after 14 unsuccessful shots here and at Euro 2016.

And so it proved as England barely troubled the Tunisian substitute goalkeeper after the break.

The charge of petty hooliganism carries a maximum term of 15 days in police cells or a fine of 2,500 rubles ($39), while being drunk in a public place is punishable by up to 15 days in police cells or a fine of 1,500 rubles.

This led the Foreign Affairs Committee of backbench MPs to write a very pessimistic report earlier this month about the United Kingdom government's readiness for incidents involving England fans at Russian Federation 2018. But while England passed the sterner test, Belgium had the most comfortable start in its 3-0 victory over Panama.

The friendly noises from both sides are a long way from the clashes between Russian Federation and England fans in Marseille during the 2016 European championship, which left two people in a coma and others seriously injured.

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