Gareth Southgate: The referee did not make 'clear and obvious' error

Southgate's England squad began their preparations for Tuesday's friendly against Italy

However, having made a decision to consult the video assistant referee, he awarded a penalty with replays suggesting debutant Tarkowski may have stood on Chiesa's foot.

Butland dived the right way but was unable to keep out Insigne's spot-kick as England saw a sixth successive clean sheet snatched from their grasp in the closing stages.

- Jamie Vardy scored his first England goal since March 26 2017 vs Lithuania - 366 days ago.

"I think that's a great way to go into a World Cup, the fact not knowing who it is yet shows the competition is great and whoever it will be is going to be coming off a battle, which is what we want".

"VAR was brought in for clear and obvious errors!"

"(Tarkowski) looks like he stands on him but I think that's in the motion of running and he looks like he was on his way down anyway".

The hosts raised their tempo with 20 minutes left to play, showing relative superiority as they had a good spell of possession.

"I've had the players' backing and the manager's backing, it's one of those things where the team's winning games and playing well and you can't get back in just like that". "It's sport and we shouldn't be talking abut how much money it's cost or lost".

Former top ref Mark Halsey backed Southgate and slammed the decision to use VAR.

With that said, the English almost hit the front in the 10th minute as James Tarkowski picked out Lingard, and the Manchester United star slid a pass into Vardy's path.

"He planted his foot down at the same time as the Italian".

"If you ignore the "clear and obvious" guidance then you potentially have to review every decision and the game will descend into chaos", he said on Twitter.

"It would have been nice to have two wins but I think there's a lot of positives to take".

The visitors did snatch an unlikely draw three minutes from time and they were aided by VAR after Chiesa went down in the penalty area following contact from Tarkowski.

Southgate says that he is against the use of VAR, as in England's Premier League, despite the huge financial considerations wrong decisions can affect. We've got to cope with that, got to have the confidence to play and to find the solutions to play through them.

"Other countries are further ahead in the experiment than we have been".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a beneficiary of a counter-attack three minutes before the hour, surging into the box but firing straight at goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Comfortable and controlled in Friday's 1-0 win over Holland in Amsterdam, the Three Lions were fortunate their mistakes were not punished by another country who failed to qualify for Russian Federation.

Jesse Lingard was preferred both in the Netherlands and against Italy, with Alli's exclusion somewhat of a surprise even if he may have carried a slight knock. "In training, he's not been able to finish all of the sessions, with the little problem he's had". And also we want to look at a couple of different players and a couple of different options, as we did on Friday.



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