England opened a major tournament with a win for the first time since 2006 courtesy of Harry Kane’s stoppage-time header which secured a 2-1 victory over Tunisia.
The Tottenham striker had given the Three Lions an 11th-minute lead before Ferjani Sassi netted a controversially-awarded penalty 10 minutes before half-time.
Here, we take a look at who staked a claim for another start and what changes coach Gareth Southgate might make for the Panama game on Sunday.
Kane more than able
Handed the captain’s armband, Kane led by example by putting England in front with his first goal at a major tournament and then rescued his side at the death. He has now scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for England – the last player to score more in that period was Gary Lineker (20).
Scuffed a big chance at the far post at 0-0 – missing the opportunity to end his 983-day spell since his last goal for England – and struggled to turn his electric pace into viable end product in his advanced attacking role. Was substituted with 22 minutes remaining.
Emerged from some dicey moments at the back, including a loose pass just after Tunisia’s equaliser which almost caused major trouble. The Leicester defender charged up the field with confidence and regularity in the second period and used his presence to help set-up Kane’s winner.
Centrally involved as England pieced together two goal-worthy opportunities in the first few minutes. Appeared to be struggling with a first-half knock before shaking it off. But he was largely ineffective in the second half and was substituted with 10 minutes to go.
Panama calling for Loftus-Cheek?
Offered an energetic presence for the last 10 minutes after replacing Alli, cutting in from the right on a couple of occasions and raising the tempo. The Chelsea midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, could now be in contention for a start against Panama on Sunday.
Should Southgate change it?
Given England started with a win, Southgate could opt to shuffle the pack against the World Cup debutants, ranked 55th in the world. It might be a good time to give the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford more minutes, with Alli and Sterling possibly making way.