Federation Internationale de Football Association assess effectiveness of VAR after Harry Kane penalty confusion

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Harry Kane - absolute legend'.

Unfortunately we can not embed gifs which show the incident, but if you do search one out via Twitter (there are plenty available) you will see that the Stones push is just before Kane was actually fouled (not the initial contact).

And, after Tunisia levelled through Ferjani Sassi's penalty following Kyle Walker's needless forearm to the head of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, the Spurs man nodded home the victor in the 91st minute - his 10th England goal in his last eight outings.

CAPTAIN Harry Kane came to the rescue last night as England got off to a winning World Cup start. "One of the things Federation Internationale de Football Association said that they would look to stop at this World Cup was defenders ignoring the ball at set-pieces to merely hold or block opponents", he told the Daily Mail.

They also believe Gabriel Jesus was manhandled inside the penalty area and should have been awarded a spot kick.

Walker's error halted their momentum but by half-time Southgate's men had fired in six shots on target - more than any other side at Russian Federation 2018 and the most of any England team since that triumphant 1966 campaign.

"The offences were so clear that I was surprised, and disappointed, that the Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci in the VAR studio in Moscow didn't get involved".

"At 1-1, if we'd had to take 1-1, I thought we were disciplined enough defensively that we didn't leave gaps and weren't hit on counter-attacks, so I like the controlled manner we did that".

"To be honest, I feel much more relaxed coaching than I did playing", he said with a smile.

"They're really glad to have us here".

"And it gave me a lot of hope and confidence, and by the time I came out I was telling my friends, there's no problem".

The England manager spoke about that and a variety of other matters with a typically calm assurance on Sunday, when he could have been forgiven for looking more nervous on the eve of managing his country at the World Cup.

A goalless quarter-final with Portugal followed and even in the penalty shoot-out, England could only score once through Owen Hargreaves as goalkeeper Ricardo saved from Frank Lampard, Gerrard and late substitute Jamie Carragher.

Aleksandar Prijovic was then booked after catching Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand following another look at replays.

"The first game is the one to win and I fully expect us to beat Panama".

Mr Fern, 22, who travelled overnight with Mr Lawless by train for almost 21 hours from Moscow, said the reception they had received had been "very welcoming".