Tunisia coach rues influence of ‘optimal striker’ Harry Kane

England's forward Harry Kane (4R) scores a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Tunisia and England at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

Volgograd-  Tunisia heart broke on Monday night when England captain and striker scored a double to earn victory for the English 2-1.

The North Africa’s coach Nabil Maaloul told reporters that ill discipline defensive formation and lamented that Kane’s double in the second half and stoppage time winner was their undoing.

Maaloul said, “I think he was behind the victory of the English team. It was him who was always there at the right time. He is the optimal striker,”

“The spaces that were created by Kane were very scary to us. ”

Tunisia arrived at the World Cup with a reputation of a strong defence but were shaky against the England and their captain took full advantage of this.

Tunisian player Ferjani Sassi scored the first African goal of the tournament through a 35 minute penalty, no African team so far has won their first game in the tournament so far.

But Maaloul has praised his team despite the defeat, he said, “The Tunisian side has performed very well and we were able to defend ourselves for 90 minutes. It’s true that they controlled the match towards the end.

He added that England’s height advantage was also influentially in the game and that “they have excellent players in terms of speed,”

Maaloul did it want to go through the what some called the several futile England penalty claims if they were problematic.

“Maybe if I go back and look at match I can see what fouls were committed. ”

Photo Credit- Mark RALSTON / AFP

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