England captain Harry Kane has made a disgusting revelation about what his team endured in their last-gasp win against Tunisia at the World Cup.
Tottenham ace Kane led from the front for the Three Lions with a pair of goals, including a stoppage time winner, giving England their first World Cup opening win since 2006.
However, Kane said he and his team-mates had flies in their mouths during the clash in the Russian city of Volgograd.
Much of the pre-match attention had been on the large increase in temperatures expected at the stadium, compared to England’s base in Repino.
And Kane confirmed England players had found it tough to cope with certain aspects of the atmosphere despite his own personal heroics.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 18, 2018
Asked about the flies in Volgograd, man of the match Kane said: “There were a lot more than we thought.
“We got told before that there was going to be a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up there were more than we thought. We had a lot of bug spray on and that was important.
“We had some of them in our eyes and some of them in our mouth. It’s just part of dealing with whatever comes your way and the team coped with it well.”
Moscow shops have been selling Russian dolls branded with Kane’s image, but the Tottenham forward joked he is unimpressed with his likeness on the merchandise.
“I’ll have to get myself one of those Russian dolls,” he said.
“I’ve seen a couple of them and they make me look a bit chubby if I’m totally honest with you.”
Kane gave England an early lead but after Kyle Walker gave away a penalty, Ferjani Sassi replied from the spot for the African side.
Although Gareth Southgate’s men toiled during the second half, captain Kane came up with a headed winner in the 91st minute to get the Three Lions out of jail and off to a winning start.
The Spurs striker – who scored a stoppage-time winner for the first time in a World Cup match – could have won by a more comfortable margin.
“It’s magic. So proud of the lads, it’s tough,” Kane told BBC Sport. “We played really well in the first half and could have got more, we deserved to be ahead.
“I’ve not seen the penalty back but it didn’t look like one. Credit to the lads, we kept going. Absolutely buzzing.”
England next turn their focus to Sunday night’s match against Panama, who were trounced 3-0 by Belgium in the other Group G clash.