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Having failed to win a single match in the 2014 World Cup England set out to Russia searching for their 1st win in World Cup competitions since 2010.
With no more Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Wayne Rooney to lead the side, Gareth Southgate picked a relatively inexperienced squad to play in Russia. The squad with contained only 2 players who had an experience of playing in the World Cup.
But this young squad couldn’t be written off as they possessed some of best players of the current generation such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling to name a few.
Yesterday they won their first match of the Group beating Tunisia 2-1 with Kane scoring a late winner.
Some of the former players, fans and pundits couldn’t hold back their emotions and took to twitter to express their joy. Here are some of those tweets.
Positives to take.. Playing with a high tempo.. Pressing without the ball to regain the ball quickly.. Midfielders freeing themselves to make runs beyond the forwards… Play the highlights from 1st 25mins and there’s a template to work with that suits these players! #3Lions pic.twitter.com/AExVOyPkCc
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 18, 2018
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 18, 2018
Morning, a great England 🏴win that means a young team can settle more into the second game now. Jordan Pickford was able to ease his way in and Harry Kane scoring both critical to England hopefully having a good tournament! A good start..
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 19, 2018
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) June 18, 2018
— Helen Nicholls (@HelsJN) June 18, 2018
Great start to England's #WorldCup campaign.
Fought right until the end and deserved the win. Bring on Panama. #ENGTUN
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 18, 2018
He Kane, he score, he conquered. #ENGTUN
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) June 18, 2018
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 18, 2018
— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) June 18, 2018
— Michelle Dewberry (@MichelleDewbs) June 18, 2018
Switched over to see what the BBC commentary was like after that goal. “Watch out Ronaldo, there’s a Harry Kane coming”. Swear 😆 #ENGTUN
— Evanne Ní Chuilinn (@EvanneNiC) June 18, 2018
England 2 vs Tunisia 1 H. Kane again put the lead…after 2 "not VAR" penalties dismissed, got the chance to get the 3 points to England and Good Night !!
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) June 18, 2018
— Seema Jaswal (@meseemajaswal) June 18, 2018
It will be interesting to see how far this squad goes in the competition. They seem to be showing no fear what so ever and are all guns blazing while going forward. Their next match is vs Panama on 24th June.
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