England captain Kane accuses referee of ‘bottling it’ during Spain defeat

England’s first international match since their run to the World Cup semi-final at the World Cup earlier this summer ended in defeat, with Gareth Southgate’s young side slipping to a 2-1 loss to Spain tonight at Wembley.

However, the Three Lions looked to have snatched a equaliser late in injury time, but Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was controversially adjudged to have fouled his former Manchester United teammate and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, with England skipper Kane insisting afterward that the goal should have stood and that the referee Danny Makkelie had bottled the decision.

“100%, in the big moments you need the referee to stay strong but unfortunately he has bottled it. In the big moments you need a firm referee who doesn’t get decisions wrong under pressure.’’ Kane told Sky Sports.

“Danny Welbeck stood there, De Gea went up, he caught the ball but as he went down he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball dropped.

“It was a good game, a good test against a team that keeps the ball well. It was difficult but we had good spells in the game and we probably created the better chances.

“We tried to press and play with high intensity. There’s a lot of stuff we can learn from but I think we can hold our heads up high.”

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