There have been so many first games where England have bottled it but finally to turn it around - brilliant'.
And given the side's history, Gary Neville - on ITV as a World Cup pundit - said they may not have recovered had the result been a draw.
"And our attacking players were a threat all night".
England began their World Cup campaign with a win last night as Harry Kane scored a victor at the death.
The only Englishman to win one of those is Gary Lineker - also the last man to score a World Cup brace for the Three Lions - and Southgate and co will hope their shining light does not fade on the global stage, like so many before him. "We've done a lot of work on them and I think we got just reward for that, so I was really pleased with what we did".
Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.
"The CBF requires to know from FIFA the reason the technology was not used in key incidents during the game", their federation said in a statement. "Going forward in the tournament, Federation Internationale de Football Association needs to have a think about when it is going to intervene".
Lion Harry holds his England badge after his second goal
A goalless quarter-final with Portugal followed and even in the penalty shoot-out, England could only score once through Owen Hargreaves as goalkeeper Ricardo saved from Frank Lampard, Gerrard and late substitute Jamie Carragher.
The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man nearly fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.
Opposite number Nabil Maaloul had nothing to say about the lack of VAR and instead spoke with pride about Tunisia's display in defeat.
Once the VAR team has analysed a potential incident it can then speak directly to the referee and make their recommendation.
Embassy staff in Moscow have visited all 11 host cities over the past year to discuss safety, security and trade opportunities and have made follow-up visits to Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kalingrad and Rostov-on-Don, where England will play their group games and possibly a last-16 game.
Those who started the match were given the day off, but Alli was sent for a scan to ascertain just how serious the issue is, leaving Gareth Southgate to sweat over his fitness for Sunday's meeting with Panama.
"The best teams in the world keep that belief in what they're doing", Southgate said, "and in the end they break the opposition down".
France down Australia 2-1 in Group C
One thing, however, was clear to the French coach: having three top-class strikers assembled does not solve all problems. On paper, this is a game from which France should comfortably take three points and make a ideal start to the World Cup .
India thrashes debutant Afghanistan in historic Bengaluru Test
India defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team by an inning and 262 runs during the historic test match in Bengaluru . Yes, the same men who stood with their chest out and tears in their eyes during the anthem on occasion of their first Test.
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