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England leave it late against Tunisia in World Cup opener

Harry Kane pulled it out of the fire as England beat Tunisia 2-1 with a late injury-time strike.

The victory, plus three more points against Panama on Sunday, should see England through to the next stage of the World Cup.
Hopefully, all set fair for a showdown with Belgium a week on Thursday to decide who tops the group.

It took two old-fashioned England-style goals – corners headed on by first John Stones and then Harry Maguire saw Kane free and converting the opportunities.

His first with the boot, the second a clever header.

England made hard work of it – started magnificently and could arguably have been three or four up in the first 30 minutes.
But they spurned the chances, Jesse Lingard being the main culprit, and one feared the Three Lions might suffer for it.

And they did when Kyle Walker, a wing back playing centre back, was adjudged to have fouled his man in the penalty area with a wandering elbow. Sassi scored from the spot.

England were then aggrieved that two rugby tackles on Kane in the box went unpunished by an ineffective referee – disappointing because the men in the middle have been generally good so far. Where was the VAR system when England needed it?
For long periods of the second half a stuffy but toothless Tunisia looked like they would scrape an undeserved draw.
Cue Captain Kane to the rescue.

Kane, Henderson, Trippier and Stones were top quality for England. But Sterling lacked effectiveness and the laboured Dele Alli, seemingly injured, should have been pulled off long before he eventually was – a poser why Gareth Southgate failed to act earlier.

The manager will also be baffled how England could be so fluent in the first half and so ineffective in the second.
Plenty to work on but we are off to a flyer.

The Belgium game now looks like being a cracker. Especially as the Belgians easily beat Panama 3-0 with a beauty from Dries Mertens and two from Romelu Lukaku. Panama look as if they will be the whipping boys of the group. England must make sure they put them away, then bring on the Belgians.

Are you looking to watch England v Belgium in style next Thursday? Join Darren Farley and Peter Shilton at the Holiday Inn Birmingham with Eventmasters World Cup Live Screening.

Enjoy the occasion in style with our superb corporate hospitality package. With a delicious four-course luncheon to savour, cash bar and entertainment from the beloved Gary Newbon, Football Legends, including Peter Shilton OBE, and leading football impressionist Darren Farley, this package certainly promises to create a memorable experience for all.

 

Savour England v Belgium in Style with Eventmasters’ Live Screening

Join Eventmasters at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham this June for a marvellous live screening as England face Belgium in their final World Cup group fixture. Enjoy the game in fine style as you and guests sit down to enjoy a sumptuous four-course luncheon along with fabulous entertainment from Eventmasters’ Sporting Ambassador Gary Newbon.

The popular Sky Sports Presenter will be joined by a number of esteemed football legends, including England’s most capped International, Peter Shilton, who will be on hand to make your day a memorable one. Be sure to enjoy one of the football highlights of the year with our splendid hospitality package.

Peter Shilton - England v Belgium Live Screening Hospitality

Rub shoulders with England Legend, Peter Shilton.

Details of this year’s Live Screening hospitality package can be found below:


  • Superb four-course luncheon
  • Entertainment from Eventmasters Sporting Ambassador, Gary Newbon, with Guest of Honour, Peter Shilton OBE
  • Live screening of World 2018 fixture: England vs Belgium
  • Cash bar
  • Silent auction in aid of a nominated charity
  • Individual places – private tables also available

Sample Menu

The football action certainly won’t be the only thing whetting the appetite this year; our fabulous four-course luncheon menu will be sure to satisfy even the most refined palate. A sample menu can be seen below:

Starter
Free range chicken and pistachio terrine, apricot jam and toasted crostini

Main
Sirloin of Finest 21 day aged Scottish beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Dessert
Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and ice cream

To Finish
Platter of cheese and biscuits


Those looking to book hospitality for a larger corporate group can be accommodated on tables of 10 and 12. Alternatively, places can be booked on a shared table basis, within a minimum booking of 2.

Make it an experience to remember this June with our fabulous Live Screening hospitality packages. Please click here for further details.