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Hello, and welcome to this evening’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the game is at 7pm.

England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Young, Henderson, Alli; Sterling, Kane.

Tunisia starting XI: Mouez Hassen, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Naim Sliti, Wahbi Khazri (capt), Anice Badri.

1Mins

We’re under way…

3Mins

Golden chance early on!

Tunisia fail to clear and Lingard’s subsequent attempt is saved by Hassen’s leg.

6Mins

England open up Tunisia nicely.

Lingard’s ball across the box finds Sterling, but the Man City man fails to connect properly with the goal at his mercy.

The flag is up for offside anyway.

12Mins

A Stones header from a corner is saved by Hassen.

However, Kane is on hand to slot home the rebound from close range.

14Mins

A tearful Hassen has hurt his shoulder and is coming off.

Farouk Ben Mustapha comes on to replace him.

18Mins

The ball falls to Henderson on the edge of the box.

The Liverpool man’s powerful first-time shot forces an early save for Ben Mustapha.

23Mins

Tunisia make a rare attack.

Bronn sees space and sprints down the right before winning a corner.

24Mins

Half chance for England.

Young crosses for Lingard at the back-post, but the Man United star’s mis-hit volley does not find the target.

26Mins

Tunisia are showing a bit more ambition now.

Sassi’s shot from the edge of the area is deflected wide.

31Mins

Maguire gets on the end of Trippier’s free kick, but his header is comfortably saved by Ben Mustapha.

It’s been a pretty positive opening half an hour for England.

32Mins

PENALTY TO TUNISIA!

33Mins

Ben Youssef goes down under a challenge from Walker as the ball is put into the box.

The ref points to the spot.

36Mins

Pickford goes the right way and gets a touch but can only help the ball into the net as Sassi equalises.

Game on!

38Mins

England are looking a bit nervy now.

A stray pass gave Tunisia a chance to attack, but the final ball is poor as Gareth Southgate’s men breathe a sigh of relief.

40Mins

Tunisia are having serious problems defending set pieces.

Another moment of panic sees the ball fall to John Stones, but the defender mis-hits his finish.

It’s been an entertaining first half.

41Mins

Some people are not happy with that penalty call…

42Mins

The Tottenham man picked up a knock and could be about to come off.

45Mins

Another chance!

Trippier plays through Lingard, who puts it past the goalkeeper, but the midfielder’s effort comes back off the post.

45Mins

45Mins

The second half has begun…

45Mins

Tunisia are looking a bit more composed in this second half.

England have yet to threaten since the break.

52Mins

A heavy back-pass means Ben Mustapha can only help the ball out for a corner.

Stones’ subsequent header from the cross is saved.

The replays highlight the fact that a Tunisia defender is blocking Kane as he tries to challenge for the ball. Surely the referee needs to take action there.

55Mins

This second half has been less frenetic.

Neither side has had a clear-cut chance since the break.

56Mins

60Mins

England are dominating possession and controlling the game at the moment.

Trippier’s cross has just been deflected out for a corner.

64Mins

England are still having much of the ball, but their attacks don’t the effervescence of the first half.

It’s as if that concession of a goal has sapped all the energy out of them.

66Mins

Maguire fails to get on the end of Henderson’s cross.

England are looking a little short on ideas all of a sudden.

67Mins

England make their first change.

Rashford replaces Sterling.

70Mins

20 minutes remain.

As I type, Henderson plays a through ball to Alli, who is flagged offside.

72Mins

Sliti gets a sight at goal.

However, his awful attempt from distance goes well wide.

72Mins

Change for Tunisia.

Sliti is replaced by Ben Amor.

76Mins

77Mins

Alli is impeded on the edge of the box by Ben Youssef.

It’s a free kick in a good position.

82Mins

Young curls a free kick over.

10 minutes remain.

Loftus Cheek replaces Alli, who didn’t look 100% after that knock in the first half.

84Mins

Ben Mustapha is down after a collision with Stones.

It looks like he’ll be okay.

Meanwhile, Khazri comes off Khalifa.

89Mins

We’re approaching injury time now.

Looks like Tunisia are going to hold on.

90Mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time…

91Mins

England seem to have won it, and predictably, it’s from a set piece.

Stones wins a header from a corner and Kane is on hand to score from close range.

Right, that’s all from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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