England snatched a last-gasp victory last night against a physical Tunisian side (and a negligent VAR team), courtesy of a Harry Kane header.
The victory provides England with a firm footing in the tournament and England fans have wasted no time in voicing their World Cup dreams.
After fifty-two years of hurt, fans of the Three Lions are getting their hopes up again.
Fans speculated throughout about the use of VAR with officials supposedly missing key decisions
VAR crew officiating England vs Tunisia pic.twitter.com/StybXh5yD8
— чм2018 ❤ (@Gibbe84) June 18, 2018
— ando (@amyxtotoro) June 18, 2018
— Ollie Nash (@Ollie_Nash_) June 18, 2018
Many were critical of Tunisia’s hands- on approach
How Tunisia Defend corners with Harry Kane in the box. pic.twitter.com/9r3ykfx8gs
— William (Bill) Bryson (@InterestingFol1) June 19, 2018
Some suggested that there was more to Tunisia’s heavy-handed style of play
BREAKING: Heroic Tunisian defender saves Harry Kane from a T-Rex invading the pitch during last nights game. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/XwBjFRzsKR
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) June 19, 2018
It was all looking very familiar for England fans and excuses were soon rearing their head
1st half: “OMG YES We ARE PASSING AND RUNNING AND SCORED A GOAL IT’S SO PRETTY FOOTBALL’S COMING HOME”
2nd half: “This temperature is very close and the midgey flies are a huge factor”
— Nia Jones (@niajones92) June 18, 2018
But all was forgotten, however, when Harry Kane scored a 91st minute winner
Who doesn't love a 90th minute winner! Great footage from our screen of the scenes at @O2AcademyLeeds
— O2 Academy Leeds (@O2AcademyLeeds) June 19, 2018
One tweeter wasted no time in placing the hopes of the nation firmly on Kane’s shoulders
One season wonder ✅
Two season wonder ✅
Three season wonder ✅
Needs to do it in big games ✅
Needs to do it in the CL ✅
Needs to do it at the WC ✅
Harry Kane is World Class. He will break all English goalscoring records and is our only chance of winning the World Cup.
— Ashley Watts (@AshWatts93) June 18, 2018
While one fan compared the lethal Spurs player to England’s previous talisman
Harry Kane (2) has scored more World Cup Goals than Wayne Rooney in 689 fewer Minutes (1).
— Harry Kane Stats (@HarryKaneStats_) June 19, 2018
Wazza was one of the first to congratulate the match-winning captain, however
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 18, 2018
Former Lions have piled praise on the young English team
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
While fans have started dreaming about a World Cup triumph
You’re not an England fan if you haven’t had ‘the feeling’ that we are going to win the World Cup, its coming home
— Harry Bruce (@harrybrucebcfc) June 11, 2018
It's that time again.
After slating England for 4 years I now start going through all the positives and convince myself we are going to win the World Cup
— Toby Tarrant (@tobytarrant) June 18, 2018
Whenever you feel hungover today remember:
a) We're in this together
b) England are going to win the World Cup pic.twitter.com/NMo4jcx4ED
— Jeremy Abbott (@FunsterMixmag) June 19, 2018
If you think scraping a win against Tunisia is going to convince me that England are going to win the World Cup then you are absolutely bang on 🏴🏴🏴🏴
— Trigger. (@Trigger_1066) June 18, 2018
Me when I drew England in the World Cup sweepstake at work Vs me on my way to work this morning pic.twitter.com/HuQM02fIbn
— Mr. Video (@pob_almighty) June 19, 2018
Scottish TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli was one of many who provided English fans with a dose of reality
England won a football match.
We now enter the zone known as
"Is this the team to succeed the 1966 team?"
(We all know the answer)
— hardeep singh kohli (@misterhsk) June 19, 2018
Not that many English fans were listening…
🎵 It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming…
🎵 Football’s coming home….
🎵 Three lions on a shirt….
🎵 Jules Rimet still gleaming….
🎵 Thirty years of hurt…
🎵 Never stopped me dreaming….
🎵 Three lions on a shirt….
— 🇨🇴 vs 🇯🇵 Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 18, 2018
Set the scene. World Cup Final. Phil Jones scores winning pen. Southgate declared prime minister. Footballs coming home played for 30 days straight. Big Ben renamed Big Phil. Smell of barbecues and Carling overwhelms the nation. Piers Morgan quits television. It’s FOOTBALL FEVER.
— Isaac Lees (@ijlees) June 18, 2018