LIVE: Tunisia vs England

9′ Tunisia build in the England half with a neat spell of possession, but Sassi wastes the attack with a loose pass out to Bronn.

8′ Fakhreddine Ben Youssef goes down off the ball under contact from Young. The referee has a word with the wing-back, but nothing else as England are allowed to continue with their throw-in.

6′ Hassen falls awkwardly as he raced out to confront Lingard. He receives treatment on the pitch before continuing for Tunisia.

5′ England break through Alli and he offloads to Lingard in the left inside channel. He cuts the ball back to Sterling, but the winger is offside as he connects in the box.

4′ CLOSE! Maguire wins the head from the resulting corner and his effort loops towards the corner, but Hassen gets across to make the stop, turning it away from Kane.

3′ SAVE! Lingard almost gets England off and running as he latches on to Alli’s cutback. However, Hassen sticks out a leg and turns the ball past the post.

2′ Hassen is put under pressure by Ben Youssef and he puts his pass wide of Bronn into touch.

1′ Trippier overhits his offload towards Lingard down the right flank and it travels through for Hassen to gather.

1′ We’re underway in Volgograd.

The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly after the anthems.

England have won only one of their last eight games at the World Cup (D4 L3), a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in June 2010. They have also never scored more than one goal in their last nine games at the tournament.

Tunisia won their first ever game at the World Cup on 2 June 1978 (3-1 v Mexico). Since then, they have failed to win any of their 11 subsequent games in the competition (D4 L7). The record belongs to Bulgaria who suffered a run of 17 winless games from 1962 to 1994.

Youssef Msakni is missing for Tunisia after suffering a knee injury in April. It places further responsibility on Khazri and Sliti in the final third to maximise their opportunities. England kept seven clean sheets in their 10 games before the tournament, highlighting the challenge ahead of Tunisia’s attack this evening.

Swarms of flies have been an issue in Volgograd due to the heat. Both sets of players will have to contend with the insects, although the temperature inside the Volgograd Arena should be cool.

Tunisia and England’s last encounter was in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup. England won 2-0 in Marseille. Their only other meeting was in a June 1990 friendly which ended 1-1.

Southgate has opted for Pickford in goal rather than Butland, with the two having split duties in the friendly matches. Maguire, Young and Henderson get the nod ahead of Cahill, Rose and Dier. Lingard starts ahead of his Manchester United team-mate Rashford, while Kane leads the line alongside Sterling.

Tunisia have made the one change from their loss against Spain last time out. Khaoui drops out of the line to be replaced by Khazri, who lines up behind Sliti in attack.

England’s starting XI has an average age of 26y 16d; their youngest for the opening game of a World Cup tournament since 2002 vs Sweden (25y 207d).

For their ninth successive World Cup tournament, England’s starting XI in their opening game have never all previously started a England game together before.

England subs: Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Jamie Vardy, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Marcus Rashford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope.

ENGLAND (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard; Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

Tunisia subs: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Yohan Benalouane, Oussama Haddadi, Rami Bedoui, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Mohamed Ben Amor, Ahmed Khalil, Aymen Mathlouthi, Bassem Srarfi, Saber Khalifa, Ghilane Chaalali, Hamdi Nagguez.

TUNISIA (4-4-1-1): Mouez Hassen; Dylan Bronn, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Ali Maaloul; Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Anice Badri; Wahbi Khazri; Naim Sliti.

Let’s take a look at the two teams this evening, starting with Tunisia.

Tunisia’s nine-match unbeaten run was ended by Spain in their final warm-up match before the tournament. They have beaten the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Iran, Guinea and Costa Rica over the past year. However, Nabil Maaloul’s men will need to raise the level of their game this evening.

England have been in good form since qualifying for the World Cup. Southgate’s men are unbeaten in their 10 matches, with their last defeat coming at the hands of France in a friendly match last year. The Three Lions warmed up for the tournament with victories over Costa Rica and Nigeria, without firing on all cylinders, but they have momentum to take into the contest in Volgograd.

Tunisia will be desperate to emulate Iceland’s performance. They have reached the tournament for the first time since 2006, but in their four forays into the competition they’ve never advanced beyond the group stage. Wahbi Khazri leads the line and the Sunderland man will be keen to continue his form with a shining display on the world stage.

England will be looking to kick off their World Cup campaign on the front foot to banish the memories of their last exploits at major tournaments into oblivion. The Three Lions suffered the ultimate humiliation at the hands of Iceland, knocking them out of Euro 2016. It brought about the end of Roy Hodgson, and via Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate is now charged with an improved performance this time around.

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group G match between Tunisia and England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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