Referee Luis Godinho shockingly gave a yellow card to Harry Kane of England for simulation (Photo: Getty)Harry Kane says he was ‘stunned’ to get booked for ‘diving’ in England’s win over Malta, however has performed down the incident.
The Three Lions put in a lacklustre efficiency towards a spirited Malta aspect, however nonetheless managed to win 2-0 in a lifeless rubber of a Euro 2024 qualifier.
There have been some contentious refereeing choices all through the match, with Declan Rice having a incredible objective dominated out on account of Kane supposedly interfering with play from an offside place.
The most notable incident occurred within the first-half nevertheless, when Kane was fouled within the field by goalkeeper Henry Bonello, however as a substitute of awarding a penalty, referee Luis Miguel Branco Godinho confirmed a yellow card to the England captain for simulation.
Players and followers at Wembley have been left baffled by the choice to e-book him, although whether or not it was a spot-kick continues to be up for debate.
Asked in regards to the matter post-match, Kane didn’t appear to thoughts an excessive amount of, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I used to be stunned it didn’t get overturned however the referee has made his determination.
‘Sometimes the VAR doesn’t need to intrude an excessive amount of however it’s what it’s. That’s soccer and it’s a part of the sport.
‘I’m simply centered on the very fact we gained and hopefully, that secures us as prime seed for subsequent summer time.’
It was a poor sport from England, particularly given their lowly opposition, a proven fact that Kane, who scored the second objective of the night time, acknowledges.
‘It was not our best efficiency, let’s say, however typically you play a group who have gotten extra high quality than folks suppose,’ the Bayern Munich striker added.
‘At the beginning of the sport, we missed the fitting tempo. We have been sloppy and we couldn’t fairly construct. In the second half we had extra management and created probabilities. But general, it’s a 2-0 win.
‘I believe we’re enjoying a variety of video games in the intervening time. We have some accidents as effectively and the gamers coming in must carry out.
‘All the gamers at present who began weren’t at their normal normal however that’s soccer. We possibly felt psychological fatigue a bit of bit. We are prime of the group and we now have one sport and hopefully, we end it with a win.’
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