Harry Kane bagged a brace, including a last-gasp winner, to give Gareth Southgate’s men a fine start to their Group G campaign. John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling all started the game in Volgograd, with Fabian Delph an unused substitute.
Elsewhere, Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in Sochi, and Sweden narrowly beat South Korea thanks to an Andreas Granqvist penalty.
Today sees Group H get under way as Colombia take on Japan and Poland face Senegal, while host nation Russia play their second match of the tournament as they face Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
Sweden 1-0 South Korea
Belgium 3-0 Panama
England 2-1 Tunisia
1pm Colombia v Japan BBC
4pm Poland v Senegal ITV
7pm Russia v Egypt BBC