World Cup player watch: The day after the night before
The latest in a daily look at what the players are up to in Russia which sees some proud English players take to social media.
The dust may have settled after England’s World Cup opener on Monday but Gareth Southgate’s men have only just begun when it comes to celebrating the three points they secured in Volgograd.
Captain Harry Kane was the hero for England as he headed home a stoppage-time winner against a plucky Tunisia side as the Three Lions scraped to a 2-1 victory.
A very proud moment to lead out my country at the #WorldCup last night. Seen some celebration videos from back home - love them. Your support is great we need you right behind us all the way. 🦁🦁🦁 #ThreeLions #ENG pic.twitter.com/c1WJ7YZZZ6— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 19, 2018
And the relaxed atmosphere among the camp continued as Eric Dier played darts at their Repino base, which they returned to in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and Marcus Rashford faced the media before an evening recovery session.
Elsewhere, Japan secured Asia’s first-ever victory over a South American team at a World Cup when they defeated 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Saransk, to the delight of the Blue Samarai players.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and Congratulations for today’s victory! That’s for you!!— KeisukeHonda(本田圭佑) (@kskgroup2017) June 19, 2018
Carlos Sanchez was dismissed inside three minutes of the clash for handball but his Colombia team-mates were optimistic of their chances of progression, despite defeat.
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Triste por la derrota pero con la fe que podemos convertir esta adversidad en una oportunidad que nos permita obtener los resultados que todos queremos. Sad for the defeat but I believe we can change this adversity into an opportunity that will allow us to get the results we need. 🇨🇴 🇨🇴
Also in Group H, Senegal won by the same scoreline against Poland and the official team account showed their delight with the result.
2 🇸🇳 vs 🇵🇱 1. pic.twitter.com/ayv7enRT28— FSF (@FootballSenegal) June 19, 2018
Mohamed Salah made his World Cup debut in the final match on Tuesday against hosts Russia after missing the Pharaohs’ opener with a shoulder injury.
As one of the World Cup stars returns to action, another one is in doubt as Brazil announced that Neymar missed training on Tuesday after the Paris St Germain forward had “complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland.”
"Neymar se queixou de dores no tornozelo, em decorrência do número de faltas sofridas contra a Suíça. Como o treino era regenerativo pros titulares, foi encaminhado para a fisioterapia. Fica lá hoje e amanhã de manhã, treinando amanhã à tarde" - Rodrigo Lasmar, médico da Seleção pic.twitter.com/oHZ7G2v5v7— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 19, 2018