Ref ‘bottled it’ by ruling out Welbeck goal, Harry Kane says

first_imgEngland’s stoppage-time equaliser in their Nations League clash against Spain was not awarded because the referee ‘bottled it’, according to Harry Kane.Back in action for the first time since equalling their best-ever World Cup performance on foreign soil, the Three Lions got off to a superb start as Marcus Rashford swept home Luke Shaw’s exceptional pass.But Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head as Spain ran out 2-1 victors on a night when Shaw’s nasty-looking injury early in the second half took the sting out proceedings. Kane blasted the referee over his decision to rule out Welbeck’s goal ‘WEAPON’ Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved 2 showdown England rallied late on – perhaps buoyed by positive news from the dressing room about the left-back’s condition – and looked to have snatched a draw through substitute Danny Welbeck.But referee Danny Makkelie infuriated the hosts by ruling that the forward had fouled David De Gea when collecting a high ball, leading to sharp words from captain Kane.Asked if the goal should have stood, the England striker told Sky Sports Football: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“In those big environments you need the ref to stay strong and unfortunately he’s bottled it.“Danny Welbeck just stood there, the keeper went to catch it, he’s put it away – I don’t know how it’s a foul.“You need a firm ref who under the pressure doesn’t give wrong decisions.“Disappointing to finish that way, I thought we played well – especially second half – and deserved a draw at least.“It was a good game, it was a real test against a team that keep the ball really well. We probably created the better chances throughout the game.”Southgate echoed his captain’s frustration but did not allow the official’s mistake to mask some of England’s shortcomings.“I think the two defenders tried to block Danny out of it,” he said. “De Gea came over the top and just dropped it.“I think it’s clear for everybody to see that it should have been a goal. know your limits “But over the 90 minutes we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game.“We know the quality they possess. Their retention of the ball was top class.“We were a little bit disjointed in some of our pressing, particularly in the first half.“But even when you press well against them, they have some wonderful players that can wriggle out of problems and play first time out of situations.“At the moment, we’re not able to do that when teams are pressing us high. explained Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League Go for glory Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory LISTEN NOW Rodrigo netted Spain’s winning goal 2 Carragher slams ‘stupid’ Stones and defends Southgate’s philosophy my choice Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match CHAMPIONS TUNEFUL not like that Netherlands fans mock England with chant sang in perfect English during win Latest Nations League news Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England “As the game wore on, we started to work that our and I thought Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us, and him and John (Stones) being able to rotate positions allowed us to play through midfield better.“I’m very proud of the way the players finished the game because it was a night when you know you are playing against a top team.“I’ve seen teams fold in that sort of situation, but we finished really strongly, created a couple of very good chances, have probably had as many shots on target as they have.“So, given where we’re at and we need those experiences to improve and I couldn’t ask any more of the players.”last_img read more