Five-a-side fun for England fans in baking hot Volgograd

Elena Summers
June 20, 2018

They have won 15 games and drawing just five with their last loss coming in September 2016 when they lost 2-0 to Spain.

The sight of Tunisia defenders wrestling England's Harry Kane to the ground in the penalty area without punishment during Monday's World Cup Group G match has raised more questions about the worth of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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".

"Hopefully I am OK", Alli said after the game.

FA technical director Dan Ashworth has already completed a debrief on Monday's game and believes the team were wronged, but English football's governing body will not take any action until it is known whether FIFA will intervene - and publicly explain decisions. If there's to be anything levelled at us it would be to be ruthless with those.

"The offences were so clear that I was surprised, and disappointed, that the Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci in the VAR studio in Moscow didn't get involved". Kane, Sterling, Rashford, Vardy and Welbeck all have goals in them - particularly when you look at the players we have capable of providing opportunities.

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

When asked whether he was aware that Russians thought his name was a play on words, as it sounds like the word "hurricane", the Tottenham striker laughed: "I had no idea about that!".

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

Following the dramatic win in their opening match at the tournament, England will now be looking on to their clash against Panama on Sunday, with a win ostensibly seeing them guarantee their passage from the group stage, bettering their performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The VARs somehow ignored the manhandling of Kane after Ferjani Sassi netted from a penalty controversially awarded by referee Wilmar Roldan for a wayward arm by Kyle Walker.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. "We deserved the win but it's just like being a Bolton fan, they never make it easy". During each match they watch replays picked out by a team of replay operators.

The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man nearly fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.

The 22-year-old played 80 minutes, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half.

First Jordan Henderson's lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.

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