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He said: "We've always been saying before the game, no matter what happens in the game we keep going until that whistle blows, we keep going, keep fighting and thankfully it paid off for us tonight with a late goal and a big win in the group stage".

Not after Kane got England off to a flawless start with an 11th-minute tap in.

Harry Kane scored a game-winning goal in stoppage time to help England defeat Tunisia in its first 2018 World Cup match.

England get their tournament underway on Monday when they face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture.

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But the concern over his system, with three central defenders and two advanced wing-backs, is that it is better suited for open games against top sides than dealing with weaker teams playing for a draw.

England offered far too little in return until Harry Kane got them out of jail as Southgate's men failed to produce the invention, the element of surprise and the changes from the bench needed to alter the course of the game.

Euro 2016 ended in humiliation for Kane and England with a loss to Iceland in the last 16, but the team has been transformed by Southgate.

Chris Watkins, 53, who is originally from Leicester but has lived and run a travel firm in Volgograd for five years, said: "We were bit flat at times but a win's a win".

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We're going to recover. "We should not underestimate them even if we beat them past year ", said Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. Getting to that fifth game is a key. "We know it is going to be hard but we know that we can compete against any team".

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Mr Law said: "To get a last-minute victor, Harry Kane absolute legend".

Up next for England are Panama, who lost their opener 3-0 to Belgium. "We have dyed-in-the-wool supporters here, and we're looking to perform well for them".

England's players later thought they deserved a similar call when Kane was brought down in the opposite penalty area, but the referee disagreed.

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"I think if the Skripal business hadn't happened we would have had 10,000 here", he said.

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