Noah Luke Fenwick writes up England’s match against Tunisia during a visit to the journalism department
Last night England secured a 2-1 win against Tunisia to mark a dynamic start to the hotly anticipated 2018 World Cup, with tally-man captain Harry Kane once again making the score sheet with both an early and a late goal to seal the deal.
England supporters greeted the new manager Gareth Southgate’s squad with thunderous applause in Russia, where the notably young national squad made its first appearance since the pre-tournament friendlies that went so well for the young lions.
Pre-tournament victories against both Nigeria and Costa Rica seemed to invest confidence in Southgate’s unconventional three-at-the-back, and he certainly utilised England’s prestigious attacking force with two out and strikers on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
The first 25 minutes were a dream for the England hopefuls who created chance after chance with exceptional football in the Tunisian half, but as the best efforts on goal from Sterling, Lingard and Ali continued to narrowly miss the mark, that dread of the ‘same old story’ for England began to creep in.
The shadow of previous failures hangs heavily on any international football when it comes to England, but this young starting 11 is perhaps more free than previous generations of national sides, the most heart-breaking of defeats being before the current players’ time.