In the latest England news, manager Gareth Southgate feels his side’s display against Tunisia was “comparable” with anything their rivals have produced so far.
The Three Lions needed a late Harry Kane goal to see off the North Africans but Southgate was happy with the performance regardless.
The pre-tournament favourites have all struggled as Germany lost their opener, Brazil were held by Switzerland before needing late goals to beat Costa Rica and Argentina are facing the prospect of an early plane back to South America.
As such, Southgate feels England are right up there in terms of performance levels and he is in confident mood ahead of their second group game against Panama 0n Sunday.
“I think every team will want to improve but we hit a level that is comparable to anything that I’ve seen,” said the England boss.
“I’m very pleased with so much of what we’ve done, pleased with the mentality of the players and for keeping their patience.
“To win the game in the manner we did in the end was pleasing. It is important for them that they got a game under their belt, that they played well, that they experienced what it feels like to win with England in a big tournament.”