Why did Gareth Southgate wait so long to make changes?
Players from both teams could be seen trying to wave the swarming bugs - all of which are said to be harmless - away during warm-ups for their Group G opener, with England players using insect repellent to help keep them away.
More seriously, Maaloul would like his "Eagles of Carthage" to cut Alli off from his Spurs companion and England team captain, striker Harry Kane. There is also little, if any, controversy surrounding the squad unlike in previous major meets.
The quality is thinner at the back but Southgate is hopeful that players like Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier can turn their club form into solid displays in Russian Federation. Who plays in central midfield?
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However, missed chances from Jesse Lingard, who was guilty of wasting a number of opportunities, and Dele Alli meant that England's lead remained slender. England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday and will be hoping to begin with a win.
An injury-time victor from Harry Kane gave England a crucial victory, earned by a brilliant first-half performance and dougty second-half effort; they now know that a win over Panama on Sunday will be enough to take them into the knockout stages. Ashley Young or Danny Rose?