Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Fans toast Harry, England and Saint George after winning World Cup start

Fans toast Harry, England and Saint George after winning World Cup start

Before the game, friends John Gaskell, from Heaton, and Danny Alker and Joe Lomax, both from Smithills, ambitiously predicted a two or three-nil win for England, with the side then going on to reach the quarter or semi-finals.

England manager Gareth Southgate hailed his team for sticking to the gameplan after Harry Kane headed home his second goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

"I can't stress enough the importance (of those goals)", Shearer said on BBC1's World Cup Match of the Day.

"The performance overrides that and maybe we'll be more settled in the next game".

"It looked like it could be one of them nights again, but we've got great togetherness as I've said before".

"It's all good-natured. There doesn't seem to be many five-a-side rules, I think people are just going in the box". If there's to be anything levelled at us it would be to be ruthless with those.

Brazil do not believe either incident was reviewed, but that each falls into the criteria of "correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions", as stated by Federation Internationale de Football Association, for when VAR should be utilised.

"You would expect us all to be happy and buzzing, which we were". So we kept wave after wave of attack.

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"I am conscious of that when I was a player there were moments before the game when I thought "all the manager can do now is f*** it up for me and put me off my game" because I was ready and didn't want to hear too much more", the 57-cap former defender said.

"I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions".

England's next game will be against Panama on Sunday.

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.

Ferjani Sassi scored the first African goal of the tournament, however, thanks to a 35th-minute penalty, sending the red-and-white contingent of Tunisian fans into raptures. "They know the way we want to play". The country are behind them and there has been more positivity from the press so far.

France benefited from a controversial first use of VAR technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia.

First Jordan Henderson's lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.

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