Gareth Southgate's team has shown improvement since England's humiliating defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 and Maaloul believes the team in Russian Federation is better still than the class of 1998, which included David Beckham and Michael Owen.
England left it, late with Kane snatching the victor in the 91 minute after heading home from close range following a flick-on from Harry Maguire at a corner-kick, 2-1.
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That means forwards Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy are likely to start on the bench, giving Southgate plenty of options if his chosen strike pair fail to deliver.
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Maaloul lauded his young side and the four French-born players who joined the squad earlier this year.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard will be expected to provide the creative spark and goals as England bid to join Belgium at the top of the section following Roberto Martinez's team's 3-0 win over Panama earlier on Monday.
We will also cross live throughout the coverage to Joe Thomlinson, who will be "behind enemy lines" watching the match from a Tunisian restaurant in London. England is one of the deepest teams in the tournament and are just a level above Tunisia here.