England fans lost their minds over Harry Kane's late game-winning goal

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Cunningham, an LGBT campaigner who works with England's football authorities, is one of only a handful of openly gay England fans who have made the trip to Russian Federation where gay activists have been detained for taking part in demonstrations.

England came to Russian Federation determined to put behind them the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they failed to win a game and went out at the first hurdle.

England will open their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign against Tunisia in the Group G opening clash at Volgograd Arena.

Although they needed Kane's late salvation there was plenty to be pleased about.

The goal came as England hopes to erase a string of recent poor performances in worldwide tournaments.

"Hopefully I am OK", Alli said after the game.

"We had total control of the game in the second half and we stayed patient".

"I thought even if we'd drawn the game, which I know would have made life more hard for us, I'd have been proud of the performance". "He is the optimal striker", he said.

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Despite England usually being one of the best-supported nations at major tournaments, the Football Association are expecting no more than 5,000 supporters to attend the game on Monday.

"I'm so proud of the lads, it's tough".

I've met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back.

"I will have to get myself one of those Russian dolls.

We kept going. We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", he said.

And Crawford was quick to heap praise on manager, Gareth Southgate, adding: "I think some people see him as a soft touch - that clearly isn't the case as was proved with his swift decision over Wayne Rooney".

He said: "We've always been saying before the game, no matter what happens in the game we keep going until that whistle blows, we keep going, keep fighting and thankfully it paid off for us tonight with a late goal and a big win in the group stage".

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