Both Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli struck the woodwork and Kane was wrestled to the ground on at least a couple of occasions at corners, but the referee and VAR saw nothing wrong to the dismay of Southgate. It is also true that this season with Tottenham, he went missing in the biggest Champions League matches against Real Madrid and Juventus. "The way we'll change the game is by bringing on a different profile of players, who carry a different sort of threat". Probably not. In the World Cup it is probably a penalty. It didn't take him long.
Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header.
"He scored the two goals, but he brings more to the team than that".
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Alli appeared to be struggling with an injury, with Fabian Delph ready to come on, but he managed to shake off the knock.
Kane refused to criticise any of his team-mates and explained that Volgograd was an exceptionally hard venue to play at, given the amount of insects interfering with the players' vision.
"Maybe a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end". In second-half, for example, it was nothing special. "England need more chances to fall for him given those two chances were his only real sights of goal, but they can trust in their skipper".
By the half hour mark Southgate's men could feasibly have been four goals to the good, with only wasteful finishing tarnishing a blistering start.
"Once the first one is given it wasn't going to be overturned (by VAR) because it wasn't a clear and obvious error".
"We got told before that there was going to be quite a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up it was a lot more than we all kind of thought".
Kane's brace, the first one for an English player in this competition since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990, has given his team the ideal start in the competition. "There will always be things we can get better at".
"You go until the last second", Kane said, "and I'm absolutely buzzing".
VAR has been a prominent topic at the 2018 World Cup as football continues to acclimate to its use in such high-profile cases, though FIFA backed all of its earlier uses in Russian Federation in what's been a largely successful first use at a finals. We never panicked, never looked like conceding another one and got what we deserved in the end.
"We can enjoy tonight - and we hope everyone at home does". The England captain protested immediately, but Roldan was unmoved and was not invited to take another look at the incident.