Harry Kane was the saviour for England as he score an injury-time victor to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Tuesday. It was his only sight of goal until injury time, when he was on hand to head home from close range following a corner that had been flicked on to the far post by Harry Maguire.
"Only for the chances we missed in the first half, we would have won this game before half-time", Lampard said.
Japan has not had the best of preparations for the World Cup in Russian Federation, and news of an natural disaster back home added to their worries on Monday, while a false hotel alarm a day before their opener against Colombia did little to help settle the team. "He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem". Certainly my personality won't change.
"They're going "hey Billy have you written your will?' And I'm like 'don't be ridiculous, it's going to be fine". Hopefully it is not too serious, as I would like to see the Spurs man pushed forward to replace either Sterling or Jesse Lingard, whose finishing was woeful.
"I don't feel that just because I am captain I don't have to maintain the standards I have set".
Having named his squad early, there was pressure on manager Southgate to get off to a winning start.
However, Southgate is not concerned by any complacency setting in, insisting that England's supporting cast will be ready when required.
"Everybody in Russian Federation has been really welcoming, everything they say about the country doesn't apply", the 50-year-old nurse told AFP.
"I have a good feeling about this group of players - I think we'll win by two or three goals", he told Yellow Sport. Everything's settled. They know their jobs.
To boost spirits, teams of volunteers greeted supporters with chants and high-fives as they arrived at the city's airport and main train station, while guides were deployed throughout the centre.
"We had some of them in our eyes and some of them in our mouth".
"Their role is even more important".
Video assistance is a support mechanism for the match referee where a team of qualified referees are watching the game and can communicate with him via earpiece to suggest if certain "clear errors" and "missed key decisions" warrant a review. History has taught us that any team hoping to progress deep into a tournament needs to have a prolific goal-scorer in their ranks.
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