The remarkable social media stats behind England's World Cup victory

The remarkable social media stats behind England's World Cup victory

The remarkable social media stats behind England's World Cup victory

But the win gave England their first opening game victory at a major tournament since 2006 and puts them in a good position to reach the last 16 ahead of Sunday's match against Panama.

Appealing to his CBS and Sky One audience - and those watching on YouTube of course - the players each speak to the camera, ranging from Jess Lingard listing U.S. states to an enthusiastic American accent by Jamie Vardy.

"I know every player wants to start but, at the same time, you have to understand the squad is going to win the tournament".

"I think we competed well against Belgium, and I think when there were tackles, they got stuck in just as much as we did". But you have to look past that and recognise the general performance in the second half was not good enough for a side who everyone is suggesting has moved on.

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Of 12 group games going back to Euro 96, the Three Lions have won nine when exclusively on the BBC, with defeats to Romania at Euro 2000 and Italy at the 2014 World Cup and a draw with Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup blotting their copybook.

"Poch texted me and after the game as well", Kane told reporters. The problem for him is that the players he is surrounded by are not his club team-mates.

"It's been a odd but very exciting time over the last few years and something that I'm ever so proud of", Maguire said on the eve of the tournament.

Asked if Kane still surprised him, he added: "Not any more".

"But after that it got worrying; it really fizzled out". I have a lot of determination, I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up.

It is the same opposition that Southgate made his bow against on the world stage 20 years ago, when Glenn Hoddle's men opened the tournament with a 2-0 win against the North Africans.

"It's always great to have players like that in the squad to come up when you need them", Lingard said. "It was still a very tight game".

"(This time) I am able to at least experience a little bit of what the fans are feeling and the dressing room.

"You're thinking about people back home and your families and friends and stuff like that".

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