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Embassy staff in Moscow have visited all 11 host cities over the past year to discuss safety, security and trade opportunities and have made follow-up visits to Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kalingrad and Rostov-on-Don, where England will play their group games and possibly a last-16 game.

Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR.

Tunisia arrived in Russian Federation with a reputation for a solid defence, but they looked shaky early in the game and Kane pounced to put England ahead.

They paid the price when the North Africans were awarded a penalty before the break.

Kane netted five goals in England's qualification campaign and 30 Premier League goals for Tottenham last term, was handed the armband by Gareth Southgate prior to the England squad travelling to their Repino base. Koo Jacheol nearly gave Korea Republic a shock lead in the 53rd minute but his header went just wide of the near post.

Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.

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"We haven't seen a lot of England fans around and we've seen a hell of a lot of Tunisian fans so potentially", he said. But England struggled to finish it off. The country are behind them and there has been more positivity from the press so far.

Yet just as it looked set to end as a draw, the England captain nodded home to secure a 2-1 win that he hopes will make the "people in the pubs back home proud".

"At 1-1 we had a plan to. keep probing but not get caught on the counter-attack", said England manager Gareth Southgate. But while England passed the sterner test, Belgium had the most comfortable start in its 3-0 victory over Panama.

"They have a hunger, a desire; we have better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm", Southagate said ahead of the game. "And then the pressure builds". "We are very good in our tactics, and we have the right to be part of the top worldwide coaches".

However, Kane believes Monday's win showed the spirit within Southgate's young and largely inexperienced squad.

"It looked like it could have been one of those nights again, but like I said, we've got great togetherness".

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