Harry Kane has scored his first goal at a major international tournament, with his early effort getting England off to the perfect start against Tunisia.
The Tottenham striker has been a prolific presence at club level over recent seasons, collecting two Premier League Golden Boots.
He headed to Euro 2016 on the back of one of those, but struggled at his first finals as the Three Lions flopped badly on French soil.
Kane did fire in 13 efforts on goal as England toiled their way to a last-16 exit, but none of those found the target.
The 24-year-old is unaccustomed to drawing a blank and has set about making amends at Russia 2018.
The Spurs star – who is England’s youngest captain at a World Cup – required just 11 minutes to open his account in a Group G opener with Tunisia.
After seeing a towering header from John Stones cleared off the line, Kane’s predatory instincts had him waiting in the right place to tap home.
That was his 15th effort on goal in major finals, with that figure proving to be lucky for a man who will be hoping that there are many more goals to come as England chase down a first senior title since 1966.
1 – Harry Kane has scored his first England goal at a major international tournament, with what was his 15th shot overall (13 in the Euros, 2 in the World Cup). Skipper.#ENG #ENGTUN #WorldCup
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England’s bright start against Tunisia saw them create several chances outside of Kane’s opener, with Gareth Southgate getting the response he wanted from an exciting young squad which has been freed of the pressure piled on previous teams at major tournaments.
They were, however, to see all of that hard work undone just past the half-hour mark when Kyle Walker conceded a needless penalty and Ferjani Sassi converted from the spot.