Paul Merson drops his honest opinion on Harry Kane's performance against Tunisia

Tanya Cunningham
June 21, 2018

Gareth Southgate's side had captain Harry Kane to thank on Monday night, after his injury-time victor secured England a 2-1 win over Tunisia.

Coach Gareth Southgate has praised England defender Harry Maguire after his performance in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday. I worked hard to get where I am, I have a lot of determination and I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up.

"He sent a lot of love hearts and said: 'Come on England!' He is rooting for me".

That's some turnaround, especially as Maguire only made his global debut last October and plays for a team that hovered in the middle of the Premier League for most of last season. 'He wants me and the whole team to do well, ' said the forward. "There's plenty of goals I've seen all over this team and I think if everyone's chipping in and pulling in the same direction it just sets us up right for the next game".

"I'm going to keep challenging him on that because I'm always a little uncertain as to what that title means and what you need to do to really gain it", Southgate said.

The Sun said: "I'm buzzing", referring to the battle the players had with bugs before and during the match, while The Daily Telegraph roared: "Captain Fantastic".

Kane is adamant about building on his two goals against Tunisia can give him a chance to battle Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title to be the best player in the World.

It's a great start for England, but the evening didn't pass quite as smoothly as it could have for Gareth Southgate's men.

Some people might think it is a bit premature for me to start talking about Harry Kane winning the Golden Boot at this World Cup after he has only played once.

"To be the best player in the world, you have to aim that high".

He has 15 goals in 25 appearances for England, and became the first Englishman to score twice in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in Italy in 1990.

"If we were to get a draw it would have been an excellent result for us".

England face Belgium in their final group game on June 28.

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

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