As soon as England’s Harry Kane scored a brilliant header in the stoppage time against Tunisia to ensure that the team had a winning start in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, scenes of euphoria among England fans up and down the country and beyond were witnessed on Monday night.
Skipper Kane gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull Tunisia level in the 35th minute. However, the Tottenham centre-forward headed home off a corner in the 90+1st minute to give England the winning goal and help his side defeat Tunisia 2-1 in their Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena.
The North African side had survived an early onslaught and punched above their weight to counter a talented and youthful English team, playing in a 3-4-2-1 formation. Towards the end, Tunisia thought a draw was a fair result and decided to keep it that way until Kane brought out his second strike in the second-half injury time.
And as soon as Kane’s back post header hit the net, limbs and pints of beer went flying in the air all the way from Volgograd to Leeds.
At the O2 Academy in Leeds a screening of England’s curtain raising World Cup match was held where fans were seen in large numbers to support their country. And the scenes of commotion as Kane scored his second of the night rivalled the most rowdy of gigs to have been played at the venue.
At Tottenham Court Road, fans celebrated with cars that were passing in the street.
Absolutely crazy scenes were witnessed in Boxpark Croydon as soon as Kane scored the winning goal for England.