first_imgHarry Kane put up an inspired performance on Monday as England edged out Tunisia 2-1 in their World Cup 2018 opener at the Volgograd Arena.Kane had scored the first goal for England in the 11th minute but a controversial penalty against Kyle Walker meant Ferjani Sassi brought Tunisia level at 1-1.Thereafter, despite launching a number of attacks and constantly being a threat, England failed to break through the solid Tunisian defence.In the first minute of the injury time, Kane scored a free header to give England a memorable win. With the late winner, Kane scored England first-ever 90+ minutes winner in regular time during a World Cup match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENot only did Kane rescue England from what would have been an embarrassing defeat, he also became England’s second highest goalscorer after the first 25 international games.With 15 goals from 25 matches, Kane remained only behind the now-pundit Gary Lineker, who scored 20 goals after playing his first 25 games for England.Also, Kane is the first English player to score two or more goals within normal time at a World Cup game since Lineker against Paraguay in 1986.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn fact, Kane has now scored two goals in his debut match of the World Cup and has already surpassed Wayne Rooney, who had scored just one goal in three World Cup appearances.Interestingly, Kane made his international debut on March 27, 2015 at the Wembley Stadium when he came on as a substitute for Rooney against Lithuania and scored just 80 seconds later off a Raheem Sterling cross.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Kane, Lukaku star as European nations dominate againSince the time he was first named England’s captain on June 19, 2017, Kane has scored every single time he has captained the country — a statistic that shows his leadership quality.On his captaincy debut during England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland, Kane had scored an added time equaliser to help England draw 2-2.Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaYesterday’s late goal was a winner!Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments.Also read – World Cup 2018: England coach Southgate labels Harry Kane ‘top striker’After the result, Group G is topped by Belgium, who beat Panama 3-0 earlier while England are second with an equal three points but inferior goal difference.last_img