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Rashford praises England’s 2-goal captain Kane    

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- England striker Marcos Rashford praised captain Harry Kane when he spoke to the press on Tuesday in the wake of England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia on Monday night.

Rashford played as a second half substitute, replacing Raheem Sterling in the win, but Kane was the hero of the night with the two goals to give his side a morale boosting win in their opening match of World Cup Group G in Russia.

The England captain slotted home from a rebound in the 11th minute and then headed the winning goal in injury time, just when it looked it would end in a draw.

“He’s been a brilliant leader for us leading up to the tournament, as well as now we have started the tournament. He always leads by example and there’s no better what to do it than by scoring goals,” said Rashford.

Although it was Kane’s first appearance in the World Cup finals, 20-year-old Rashford believes there is no limit to what Kane, who is still only 24 himself, can achieve.

“He’s a top forward. His career is only going to go up and up. He’s very young and at this stage of his career, he’s going to keep improving and getting better,” he commented.

Monday is only the fifth time that England have kicked off a World Cup finals campaign with a win and Rashford looked back on the victory which means that if England can beat Panama in Kaliningrad on Sunday they will probably book their place in the last 16.

“It’s a platform for us to build on, although we have to improve the performances which will ultimately get the points,” said the striker, who considered the victory to be “a big step,” towards qualification.

“The most important thing was always the points, but it was good that especially in the first half, we got the performance we were looking for,” concluded Rashford.



England hooligan worries unfounded after positive day in Volgograd

By Paul Giblin MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Fears of crowd violence ahead of England’s opening group game against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night turned out to be unfounded after a day without any incidents of note.

Clashes between England supporters and Russian ‘Ultras’ during the 2016 European Championships in France had led to worries they could be repeated in Russia, but England supporters who travelled to watch their side’s 2-1 win over Tunisia received a warm welcome and responded in kind on a positive day for football.

“I think from the moment fans got off the planes, went into the car park and saw people cheering them, I have never seen anything like that,” Mark Roberts, the UK Football Police Leader in Russia said in an interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday.

Roberts highlighted the efforts Russian people and authorities have made in ensuring the World Cup goes ahead without any problems.

“If you speak to taxi drivers and people in hotels, there is a lot of interest and people want it to go very well,” he added. “A lot of Russians were wearing England shirts and kits from Premier League clubs and there is a lot of awareness of and affection for England.”

England’s next game is against Panama in Kaliningrad on Sunday and Roberts was optimistic that Monday’s positive atmosphere would help further reduce the risk of hooliganism.

“The good news is after the game last night, the chance of that game being peaceful will have increased,” he explained.

Roberts confirmed that members of the British police are coordinating with their Russian counterparts to ensure there is no fighting between rival supporters, and concluded with a positive message.

“I am confident the Russian police should look at what happened last night and approach the next game in the same way… If the England fans come and behave at subsequent games as they have at this one, it will be great, it will be a great atmosphere, we can all enjoy it and enjoy the games.”

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