Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start for England against Panama

Sherman Parsons
June 20, 2018

England have since announced confirmation that Alli picked up a thigh strain during the Tunisia game.

Captain Harry Kane scored twice, including an injury-time victor, as England battled to victory over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup.

England manager Gareth Southgate said after England's victory: "I think my observation would be that if it's a penalty at one end, it has to be a penalty at the other".

"Even at 1-1 I was really proud of the performance", Southgate explained.

"Whatever anyone says, my game has always been about putting the team first", Kane said.

Luke Fern, a Bolton fan from Stockport, said: "There was about 10 of us from England taking on about 10 Russian guys".

"Personally (I think) it should not be used at the best, most prestigious tournament in the world". If there's to be anything levelled at us it would be to be ruthless with those.

Unfortunately we can not embed gifs which show the incident, but if you do search one out via Twitter (there are plenty available) you will see that the Stones push is just before Kane was actually fouled (not the initial contact).

"It's a massive boost, a massive bonus, we kept going".

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"It goes to 1-1, momentum changes a bit, so I thought we recovered well from that", he said.

"And our attacking players were a threat all night".

A British embassy representative confirmed to AFP that one British man had been detained and said embassy staff were in contact with Russian authorities and were ready to offer him consular assistance.

But referee Wilmar Roldan controversially awarded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted and the video assistant referee then inexplicably overlooked Tunisia's manhandling of Kane in the box.

Sweden defeated South Korea 1-0 to win an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958.

"But it is another game of football, on a pitch the size that these boys have played on all their lives and we have to prepare them that way". The country are behind them and there has been more positivity from the press so far.

England will hope the World Cup newcomers roll over as easily when they meet on Sunday.

Dries Mertens joined Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002) as only the second player to score in two editions of the World Cup, when he hammered home a superb volley two minutes into the second half, sending the ball arcing over Jaime Penedo after Panama struggled to clear a cross.

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