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Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Southgate, fans criticise VAR after Italy penalty

Southgate, fans criticise VAR after Italy penalty

Southgate already has a "pretty clear" idea about how he will fill 20 of the slots, just as he knows what he wants to do when it comes to number one and skipper.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes a lack of clarity over the video assistant referee (VAR) system could blight the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lorenzo Insigne scored from the penalty spot in the 87th minute when, after VAR's latest high-profile and controversial intervention, debutant James Tarkowski was ruled to have fouled Italy substitute Federico Chiesa.

"We've played four of the biggest football countries in the world, and been competitive in every game", he said.

"The ruling is "clear and obvious" - and it's not".

Eric Dier praises "brilliant" boss Gareth Southgate for his work over the past 18 months, having guided England to an eight-game unbeaten run.

"I don't think with incidents like that VAR will clear things up".

I've got three questions after global week.

"Hopefully it will be spot on at the World Cup".

"What's really pleased me is the guys are solving problems on the pitch themselves".

"After that we settled into the game".

Jamie Vardy had given England the lead, before VAR once again encroached into our collective conscious to (correctly) award a penalty to Italy, converted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Three minutes later, England were ahead and this time Vardy made no mistake after some quick thinking from Jesse Lingard.

Italy had chances to get back on level terms, with Ciro Immobile going close.

England have had to cope without talismanic striker Harry Kane through injury for all of their last four friendlies.

However, Vardy furthered his case that he is a more than capable stand-in after blasting ruthlessly into the roof of the net from Jesse Lingard's quickly taken free kick.

Italy will not be joining England in Russian Federation come the summer having failed to qualify for the first time in 60 years.

Southgate said: "I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet".

Vardy's strike eased concerns about an attack which has been criticised for lacking goals in the absence of the injured Harry Kane, although it is now six games since they found the net a couple of times.

Italy, who rarely threatened during the second half, nearly snatched an equaliser when Jorginho picked out Insigne, but the forward's volley flashed across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.

The decision to use VAR at the World Cup has not been an entirely popular one due to mixed results from a series of trials across the world.

But there was little controversy over the decision to award a penalty as the replay proved Tarkowski had trod on Chiesa's foot and Insigne wasn't distracted by a lengthy wait to take the penalty as he smashed low into Butland's right-hand corner.

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