Gareth Southgate has lauded star striker Harry Kane after his two goals gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia.
Kane, 24, put in a man-of-the-match display – scoring a goal in each half – including one in stoppage time to kick start England’s World Cup campaign.
The Tottenham forward had not scored before at a major tournament after drawing a blank at Euro 2016, but Southgate – who joked about the striker’s well-documented August struggles in front of goal – was full of praise for the England captain.
“If he hadn’t scored, I’d be answering questions about his ability to score in tournament football,” he said.
“The only thing he hasn’t done now is score in August. He’s moved every other barrier, and I’m personally delighted for him.
“I know he will feel the pride in leading his country to a win in a World Cup match, which is the most important thing.”
England will hope to seal qualification to the knockout rounds when they face Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.