Fans lay wreath in Volgograd ahead of England's World Cup clash


Fans lay wreath in Volgograd ahead of England's World Cup clash

After Belgium thrashed Panama 3-0 in the other Group G game on Monday, the pressure was on England to deliver only their second win in their last nine games at World Cups.

"The idea of coming to Russian Federation or going to (2022 World Cup host) Qatar and supporting England is really quite hard for an LGBT-plus fan", Cunningham said.

Around 2,500 England fans are expected to attend the Group G game against Tunisia and pre-tournament concerns about a hostile reception in Russian Federation have so far not materialised. "We kept going. We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", Kane said.

Kane headed a 91st-minute victor to follow his opening goal as Gareth Southgate's side edged to a 2-1 Group G success in Volgograd. But, as they say: cometh the hour, cometh the man - and that man would be the prolific Kane.

To boost spirits, teams of volunteers greeted supporters with chants and high-fives as they arrived at the city's airport and main train station, while guides were deployed throughout the centre.

Britain's deputy ambassador to Russia, Lindsay Skoll, and Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, laid wreaths in Volgograd's Hall of Military Glory to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Matt Gregg, an England fan from Toronto, said he and his friends had made the 18-hour train journey to Volgograd from Moscow and been anxious until the game's dying moments that the match was going to end in a draw.

Both Russian and British authorities were determined to avoid a repeat of the violence, with London confiscating the passports of more than 1,000 known hooligans before the World Cup and Moscow clamping down on those with a history of troublemaking at games.

"Tunisia will want to put an upset on the cards but we won't underestimate them because we know they're a good team".

And she added: "Given the enormous suffering of Volgograd and the pivotal part it played in the route towards victory I think it's only fitting that the 2018 World Cup should have Volgograd as one of its host cities, after all Volgograd today plays host to people from all over the world including Great Britain, who are here in peace and with a common goal". "When we lost to Iceland (in 2016) there were a lot of people who said they weren't going to spend their money going to see them anymore".



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