England’s World Cup campaign got off to a solid start on Monday night, Gareth Southgate’s young side doing just enough to see off a resilient Tunisia team – albeit requiring a stoppage time winner from Harry Kane to get themselves over the line and make it just the third time the Three Lions have sealed a victory in their opening game of a World Cup.
Following the 2-1 victory we asked England fans to take part in our player performance poll by giving individual performance ratings for each of those involved in the dramatic win. Here’s a rundown of the three players who impressed Three Lions supporters most, picking up the highest average scores…
John Stones – 6.8: With defensive errors few and far between and a powerful header directly resulting in Harry Kane’s first goal from the rebound, it was a solid performance from the oft-criticised centre-half. He was key to England’s capacity to building from the back as well, completing an impressive 99% of his passes in a display that showed why Southgate values the Manchester City defender so highly.
Kieran Trippier – 7.7: A constant threat down the right-hand side, no player created more chances against Tunisia than the Tottenham full-back’s six – which is actually the second-highest any England player has produced in a World Cup game since 1966, only trumped by David Beckham. His corner delivery in stoppage time perfectly met the head of Harry Maguire, who flicked straight into Kane’s path for the winner.
Harry Kane – 8: A brace during your first World Cup outing of the tournament is nothing to be sniffed at and it was the Tottenham star’s predatory instincts that ensured an England victory on Monday night. The rest of his performance though, was considerably more frustrating; open play produced just one shot on target and not a single chance created. Southgate will expect a more holistic contribution in the coming games.