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The Frustrated & Elated Response To England's Late, Late Win

The Frustrated & Elated Response To England's Late, Late Win
By Arthur James O'Dea

As has been the case so many times before, caution pre-empted confidence, which came before mild arrogance, quickly dissipating in favour of paranoia, and, finally, blunt acceptance that things haven't changed at all - until it did.

'Relief' was what Martin Keown felt over on the BBC, and so he should. Although they were good money for their win, the 2-1 scoreline only came into being very, very late on; Harry Kane grabbing his second of the night in the 91st minute.

England kicked off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia this evening - and kicked it off in some style. With a first-half performance that, heaven forbid, began in the kind of fashion that appeared to justify the pre-match reports of a happy camp, a well-deserved 1-0 lead was arguably less than than they deserved.

In the cut and thrust of a game that Gareth Southgate and his players should take a good degree of confidence from, England's fans were a touch more fickle throughout.

Starting off oh so well, viewers could scarcely contain their excitement as England started with great confidence; passing through the Tunisians at will. Although they would have reason to believe more goals should have followed, captain Harry Kane did get them off the mark early on.

A stray Kyle Walker elbow allowed Tunisia back into the game. Mixed thoughts whether or not it should have been awarded, there was no shortage of indignant anger - much more interesting that.

A weird, recurring feature of the night was the apparent inability of the referee - and the much touted VAR - to notice the repeated targeting of Kane in the England box.

Penalties or not, no shortage of irony was on show.

In the end, England huffed and puffed (and swatted away the admittedly mad number of midges), before finally getting the job done.

After all the pre-match curtailing of hype (whilst secretly lumping on the expectations anyway), England's World Cup campaign almost kicked off in the most typically English fashion.

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