Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

It's been a journey for Harry Maguire from England fan to player

It's been a journey for Harry Maguire from England fan to player

There were scenes of unrivalled joy across the country as Harry Kane popped up with an injury-time victor against Tunisia last night.

The Sky Sports pundit has weighed in on England's opening World Cup game against Tunisia by offering his thoughts on two-goal hero Harry Kane. 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.

"I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself that I can do it". They're going to need Kane to be at his best once again if they want to top the group. 'He wants me and the whole team to do well, ' said the forward.

He will be full of confidence going into the Panama game in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, which is the ideal game for him and for England, as we build up to play Belgium in our final group match.

Yes, they scored a late goal and you can say "a win is a win" but that's a problem because I believe in performances when you are playing against a lesser team.

While Kane took the plaudits, England manager Gareth Southgate was more interested in England's cool heads under pressure as his players refused to deviate from their measured possession game he has tried to hone.

The spirit, patience and camaraderie displayed in the 2-1 defeat of Tunisia was a far cry from their last match at a major tournament, when toothless England suffered one of their most humiliating defeats ever.

"Put no limits on yourself, nobody should".

Kane's early goal capped a blistering start from Gareth Southgate's side and Merson was full of praise for their early work.

For Harry Kane, who scored both of England's goals, they clearly were.

"That's the message we have tried to get across to the team".

England face Panama in their next Group game on Sunday, and will be aware that if they beat the Central American minnows they will be all but guaranteed to progress to the knockout stages.

I think it was even more important because of the way we went out of the European Championship two years ago.

Rashford's chances could be boosted by an injury to Alli, who will undergo a scan on Tuesday on the thigh injury he sustained in Volgograd.

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