World Cup 2018: 5 Things We Learned From England's First Game

It's coming home?


Well, they did it. For the first time since 2006, England won their opening group stage fixture at the World Cup. Harry Kane's stoppage-time strike sent Three Lions fans into raptures and gave England plenty of reasons to be optimistic about qualifying for the knockout stage.

In fact, qualification could be assured in the team's next game against Panama, leaving the clash with Belgium as a potential decider for the top spot in the group. It's a great start for England, but the evening didn't pass quite as smoothly as it could have for Gareth Southgate's men.

The match had everything: a blistering start from the Three Lions, some controversial refereeing decisions, wasted chances, sluggish periods, and last-minute drama. Tunisia posed a stubborn test to England, but the most important thing of all was to secure the three points.

At a time when big guns like Germany and Brazil have already dropped points at the tournament, it was pleasing to see England get off to winning ways against the top-ranked African nation. Gareth Southgate will have learned a lot from the game, and so did we.


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