Harry Maguire and Jude Bellingham hit out at refereeing decisions in England’s defeat to France..

December 11, 2022

Harry Maguire hit out at the officiating in England’s quarter-final defeat to Franceat the World Cup.

The Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by the defending champions, with Harry Kane converting one penalty to level it up early in the second-half but he missed a second spot-kick with five minutes remaining.

That left Olivier Giroud’s header as the winner, and England heading home as their campaign in Qatar came to a painful end at the last-eight stage.

The second of those penalties was only given after a VAR review, while England felt they should have had an earlier spot-kick when Dayot Upamecano appeared to bring down Kane in the first-half.

Replays also suggested that Bukayo Saka was fouled in the build-up to Aurelien Tchouameni’s opener, and the Arsenal man had a number of appeals waved away during the match when he was seemingly fouled.

Speaking after the game, Maguire revealed his frustration at the officiating from Brazilian Wilton Sampaio.

“I can’t really explain his performance,” Maguire told ITV.

“The amount of decisions they got wrong was actually incredible. Really poor.”

Team-mate Jude Bellingham was also disappointed at a number of decisions made, in particular the call not to award England a penalty from Upamecano’s trip, which took place right on the edge of the box.