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
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
“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,”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”