England are now in uncharted territory; they are in a land of positivity and confidence after Harry Kane's dramatic late victor secured a 2-1 victory against Tunisia in Volgograd to ensure a dream start to Russian Federation 2018.
Harry Kane scored twice, including a 91st- minute victor to secure a vital opening 2-1 win for Gareth Southgate's side over a dogged and resilient Tunisia side.
England lie second in Group G behind Belgium on goal difference and can all but secure qualification for the knockout stages with a win against Panama on Sunday.
If England beat Panama and Belgium overcome Tunisia, Gareth Southgate's men will have booked their place in the last 16 with a group match to spare.
Tunisia need a new game-plan if they are to avoid their usual fate of falling at the first hurdle of a World Cup. Kane now has doubled the World Cup goals tally of England's record scorer Wayne Rooney, who played in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Low expectations for this year's overhauled team were dispelled early in Russian Federation when Kane reacted quickly to score after John Stones' header was saved. It was his only sight of goal until injury time, when he was on hand to head home from close range following a corner that had been flicked on to the far post by Harry Maguire.
Kieran Trippier swung in the corner from the right flank, Harry Maguire flicked it on and Kane, unmarked at the back post, guided the ball into the net for his second goal of the game and the victor.More news: Chanting activists confront DHS secretary during dinner at Mexican restaurant
I'd stick Rashford up front with Kane and drop Sterling back into the midfield three, but that's the only change I'd make.
That was exactly what England did, but they needed Kane to be at his predatory best. It's a reputation that's tarnished them - somewhat unduly - over the years, but if ever there was a time to lean back on those "virtues" this was it.
"OOOFT! Over 21 million of you watched the @BBCSport coverage of England v Tunisia".
"I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions".
"The World Cup is tough, especially the first game so it is good to get the nerves out of the way and excitement and then it was about trying to play and I thought we did really well, so I'm so proud of everyone". We had a lot of bug spray on and that was important. But again, the officials allowed play to continue with no word to the contrary from VAR referee Sandro Ricci and his team.
However hard it was to break through, the English attack achieved its most shots on target in the first half at a World Cup since 1966 - the only time the team won the trophy.