Crawford - who was capped twice by the Three Lions in the early 1960's - believed the current crop of players has the ability to get off to the flawless start, despite carrying the weight of a nation on their shoulders.
They found one in the form of a header from Harry Kane, whose uncanny ability to find himself in the right place at the right time once again pushed his team beyond the brink.
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The striker was the top goalscorer worldwide in 2017 and scored 41 goals for Tottenham in 2017/18, now adding another two for England in their World Cup debut against Tunisia.
And so it proved as England barely troubled the Tunisian substitute goalkeeper after the break.
Tunisia equalized in the 35th when Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty, shooting beyond the diving Jordan Pickford. But England struggled to finish it off.
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"We got told before that there was going to be quite a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up it was a lot more than we all kind of thought", Kane said.
England defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him and caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face and Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot. "At the end the pressure built and built". I know they are a decent side and will view England as a scalp.
"I'm reeling it back a little bit and I'll just say we'll only win 2-0", he said.
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Harry Kane has fired England to a 2-1 win in their World Cup opener, scoring an injury time victor to sink Tunisia . Tunisia stand in their way in their opening game of a tournament where the big boys have failed to impress.
The World Cup draw put England in Group G alongside Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.
First, there was the organised attack by Russian hooligans on England fans in Marseille at Euro 2016, and then there were a series of disputes between the countries which culminated in the tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, which left a former Russian spy, his daughter and a policeman critically ill.
"It's massive. I am so proud of the lads".
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He says leaders are seeking "clarity" from the White House. "The Democrats forced that law upon our nation". However, there is no law mandating the separation of families.
"We're aware of the history of the city, the importance of that battle in the Second World War", Southgate said.