England fan ready to fly the flag for gay rights in Russian Federation


"It looked like it could have been one of those nights again, but like I said, we've got great togetherness".

"I had to work hard on the training pitch and take the opportunities when they came".

Gareth Southgate has said the Volgograd venue for England's World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday serves as a reminder that some things are "even bigger than football".

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.

The draw comes as ties between Moscow and London reach lows not seen since the Cold War, following the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal along with his daughter in England, as well as accusations of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

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That's part of England's ideal record against African teams at the World Cup - three wins and three draws with five clean sheets. England lasted only eight days in the 2014 World Cup , losing to Italy and Uruguay and drawing with Costa Rica in group play.

That pessimism, however, has not been born out by the evidence of the tournament's opening weekend, with Russia's promise to clamp down on its hooligans appearing to have worked, nice weather, good football and lots of signs that Russians are desperate to be good hosts.

Deputy British Ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll laid one of three wreaths at a memorial complex to the city's defenders, located on a hill above the city's football stadium which is dominated by a hulking statue of a woman wielding a giant sword called the Motherland Calls.

"I think the most is we're proud of each other", Kane said. "In a World Cup you're never sure how it's going to go".

Fewer England fans made the journey to watch their team's first World Cup match in Russian Federation than some expected, but one made a special effort, sailing from Bulgaria to Volgograd on a yacht.

British police says 98 percent of the fans banned from traveling to the World Cup because of hooliganism fears have surrendered their passports. "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".