Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

National team captain at 24-years-old, the youngest player to wear the armband at this summer's tournament, Kane also became the first player to score a brace at a World Cup for England since Gary Lineker in 1990.

"Everybody in Russian Federation has been really welcoming, everything they say about the country doesn't apply", the 50-year-old nurse told AFP.

It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, just over five weeks to make the around 2,000 kilometer (1,243 miles) journey, which he timed so that he would arrive in good time for England's first World Cup match against Tunisia in the southern Russian Federation city of Volgograd.

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We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep.

That pessimism, however, has not been born out by the evidence of the tournament's opening weekend, with Russia's promise to clamp down on its hooligans appearing to have worked, nice weather, good football and lots of signs that Russians are desperate to be good hosts.

Kane had put England ahead in the 11th minute with a strike from close range after Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Hassen had acrobatically saved a powerful header from John Stones. But, as they say: cometh the hour, cometh the man - and that man would be the prolific Kane.

"At 1-1 we had a plan to. keep probing but not get caught on the counter-attack", said England manager Gareth Southgate. "We have to look to hit the ground running because we know that if we can take three points, then we'll be in a great position".

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said Kane was the difference between the two teams.

"I think the most is we're proud of each other", Kane said. "In a World Cup you're never sure how it's going to go". "It's more a case of when you are England's striker you have a responsibility to score the goals", he added. "Winning the first game is always massive".

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