England's Kane aiming to reach Ronaldo, Messi levels with World Cup performances

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Gareth Southgate's side had captain Harry Kane to thank on Monday night, after his injury-time victor secured England a 2-1 win over Tunisia.

England's dramatic victory in their first game of the World Cup catalysed a remarkable surge in activity on social media about the game - peaking at 52,000 tweets per minute after Harry Kane's late victor. "He is probably the one player - him and (goalkeeper Jordan) Pickford - who haven't played in cup finals or big-stage Champions League games".

He sent lots of love hearts and said: "Come on England".

Even in the second half when you could see the energy seeping out of their bodies, they totally controlled the match.

"Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Lionel Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them". "But I believe the best teams in the world have that belief in what they are doing and in the end they break teams down". It was good enough to win but I think this team has a lot more than they showed against Tunisia.

"I'm going to keep challenging him on that because I'm always a little uncertain as to what that title means and what you need to do to really gain it", Southgate said. I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point.

"No matter what system we play, the important thing is when you are attacking you still have structure in your play".

"The first 15 minutes was the best I've seen England play in 10 years".

"It is created to enable (manager Gareth) Southgate to select more attack-minded, technical players with the added protection of three centre-backs and a holding midfielder".

Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 England's Harry Kane celebrates after the match.

"Put no limits on yourself, nobody should".

"It was a good start to the tournament and it certainly gives us a platform to build on throughout the tournament", Rashford said.

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring the second goal against Tunisia. He scored a brilliant goal in a friendly against Nigeria earlier this month and looked bright when coming off the bench against Tunisia.

"It's a massive boost, a massive bonus, we kept going".