Gareth Southgate hails England’s World Cup victory over Tunisia

first_imgIt had looked like England would have to settle for a draw after Ferjani Sassi’s penalty had cancelled out Kane’s early opener and a series of chances were wasted.But Kane nodded home a header following a well-worked corner in injury time to send the England fans at the Volgograd Arena and undoubtedly back home wild.Gareth Southgate’s side are second in Group G after Belgium beat Panama 3-0 earlier on Monday, and the Three Lions boss was beaming with happiness at the manner of his side’s victory.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley after the game, Southgate said:  “To see the team play as well as we did was really satisfying. Had the game finished 1-1 I would have been proud of the performance.“I’m a proud Englishman who is proud to lead his country and I feel we have put an enormous amount of work into the last couple of weeks. Harry Kane celebrates his winner for England against Tunisia Harry Kane scores the winner for England against Tunisia “I thought we played exciting football and created good chances in the first-half. All that was missing was that ruthless finishing touch.“We totally dominated the second half but had to play with patience and in the end if you have the ball for that long you wear the opposition down and our attacking set plays were a real threat all night.“Harry Kane scoring is another mark he is able to cross off. Individually I’m really pleased for him but I know that for him it will be more important that the team has won a game in the World Cup.“We don’t have to look at what has gone on in the past and let that burden us. Good teams score late goals and we’ve talked about this for a long time that we want to be a team that score late goals. But that’s one game and we have a different sort of test against Panama.“For the next six days we’ll get a lot of happiness and pats on the back but the objective is to qualify from the group, which we haven’t done yet.“I think the players are buying into the way of playing, they’ve performed really well tonight.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2 2 Gareth Southgate was “really satisfied” with the way England played in their last-gasp win over Tunisia.Two goals from Harry Kane ensured the Three Lions won their opening game at a major tournament for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.last_img read more