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No. Date Opponent Venue Type Details
968 13 June 2017 - 2-3 vs. France
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Fr The VAR was called into action in the 47th minute, when the referee, Davide Massa, used it to send off Raphaël Varane, after he clipped Dele Alli as he ran into the penalty area. The resulting penalty was scored by Harry Kane.
973 10 November 2017 - 0-0 vs. Germany
The National Stadium, Wembley
974 14 November 2017 - 0-0 vs. Brazil
The National Stadium, Wembley
976 27 March 2018 - 1-1 vs. Italy
The National Stadium, Wembley
Fr The VAR was called into action when the referee, Deniz Aytekin, called back play after 86 minutes when Tarkowski accidentally trod on Chiesa's ankle. Aytekin then awarded a penalty kick from which Insigne scored.
979 18 June 2018 - 2-1 vs. Tunisia
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
WCF The VAR was called into to check every decision. It raised no issue with Walker's foul on Ben Youssef. Nor did it see no issue on two blatant fouls on Harry Kane.
980 24 June 2018 - 6-1 vs. Panama
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod
WCF Again, the VAR was called into to check every decision, although none was used directly in any decision.
994 6 June 2019 - 3-1 vs. Netherlands
Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
NLF The VAR was called into action to cover two major incidents. Firstly, Lingard thought he had scored a winner on 82:29, but on 84:33 was adjudged to have been offside by an inch. Moments later, claims were made against Chilwell that he had handled the ball on 85:19. It was rightly decided that on 86:40, it had in fact, struck his back.
995 9 June 2019 - 0-0 vs. Switzerland
Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
NLF The VAR was called to decide on two major incidents again. On 73:18, Sterling went for an Alexander-Arnold cross and was possibly held back by Kevin Mbabu. The penalty kick was not awarded on 73:41. Then, for the second match in a row, England had a goal struck off. This time, Callum Wilson scored the goal on 83:18, only to be pulled back because he himself had committed a foul in the build-up on 83:12, goal was unawarded on 84:59.


Glen & the VAR

1. "It looks like Tarkowski stands on him but it's during the running process and he is going down anyway," Southgate told BBC Radio 5 live.
ME: If he was going down anyway, it was because of Tarkowski trying to pull him back! I don't think that he was diving.

2. Tarkowski said: "It's never a penalty. I stood on his foot but I didn't think a lot of it."

ME: This begs the question, 'is standing on a player's foot a foul?' Answer: if it's deliberate. Was it deliberate? I don't think so, but combined
with holding his arm and causing him to fall, maybe that's enough to call it a foul.

3. "There was contact, he's rolling around and obviously that has influenced the referee, they've got the penalty and scored the goal"
- Jermain Defoe, England striker on BBC Radio 5 live.

ME: He was rolling around because Tarkowski stood on his foot. I think that we'd all do the same, it's painful!

4. "For me if I go through on goal, and there's contact, I'll go down." - Defoe.
ME: Then you should be punished (and certainly shouldn't be spouting those views on national radio). Wouldn't it be better for the game if no
players did that, or can we only look at it from a striker's point of view?

5. "VAR was brought in for clear and obvious errors. If it's clear and obvious why the hell did it take twenty views for ref to change his mind? And still nobody can agree if it's right or wrong" - Alan Shearer on Twitter.

ME: It's not all black or white. The VAR looked at it and probably thought that it was worth a second view. It was clear and obvious that it needed a second look, that's the benefit of VAR. You have to take a judgement call quickly and then confirm it one way or the other. We have to trust these guys, not jump down their throats with sensationalist quotes just because we have a prominent profile and have an agenda to prove that it doesn't work! Also, it didn't take anywhere near 20 views and it's not about everybody agreeing. It's about what the officials think. These tools mean that they're going to get it right, almost every time. Surely, that's the only important thing? It's pointless trying to get everyone to agree, when everybody's biased towards their own team.

6. "It's irrelevant whether they think it was a penalty or not. VAR is there for the obvious howlers" - Gary Lineker on Twitter.
ME: If a decision is reversed after viewing several replays, surely that justifies it, even if it's more of 'I have a strong suspicion that it's an obvious howler, but I'm not 100% sure', or do we only protest when it's against England?

Does nobody possess the ability to look at this objectively, without any bias? Referees will always make mistakes, but they know the rules better than any of the pundits or fans. There can't be a fan out there who sees his own defender step on a striker's foot and doesn't worry that a penalty will be given. We then rely on one man's instant interpretation and hope that he hasn't seen it. Regardless of who the team is, it has to be good for the game if another official says, "Hang on, you might want to take another look at that". The 'clear and obvious error' thing is surely just guidance for the VAR to stop them reviewing everything. You can only see that it was a clear and obvious error when you've looked at all of the evidence. Until then, it's only a suspicion.

Sorry, had to get that off my chest! One other interesting point was that Italian players were encroaching when the kick was taken. The VAR should have pointed that out which just goes to prove that there's plenty of room for improvement, but what's the alternative? Go back to ridiculing the referee, because we've seen the video and he hasn't?