DECLAN RICE labelled Hungary defender Loic Nego ‘pathetic’ after the right-back’s dramatic reaction won his team a penalty against England at Wembley on Tuesday.
Luke Shaw was penalised for a high foot in the box and could do nothing as Roland Sallai opened the scoring from the spot in the drab 1-1 draw.
Loic Nego went down clutching his head after this challenge won Hungary a penalty at Wembley[/caption]
And Three Lions star Declan Rice slammed the right-back for his ‘pathetic’ reaction[/caption]
With little more than 20 minutes on the clock, Nego pressed Shaw inside England’s box as the left-back tried to clear.
As a cross came in, Shaw mis-controlled the ball, it bounced up and the Manchester United full-back performed a crane-kick clearance as Nego stooped to get his head to it.
Although Shaw reached the ball first, Nego hurled himself to the floor screaming and ref Alejandro José Hernández pointed to the spot.
England’s players flocked around him to protest but it fell on deaf ears as the VAR also refused to overturn the decision.
Shaw was booked and after a significant delay, Sallai stepped up and blasted it in the bottom left corner past Jordan Pickford.
Fortunately, 13 minutes later, John Stones made it 1-1 but Rice was not happy with Nego after the game.
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The West Ham ace said: “The way he went down was a bit pathetic if I’m being honest, he’s holding his head.
“If you put your foot up like that now it’s a penalty but I’m going to say it’s not.”
England were criticised for the performance as they failed to win a home qualifier for the first time since 2012.
But Rice thought the Three Lions were by far the better team against an ultra-defensive Hungary but just couldn’t find the ‘killer touch’.
The 22-year-old said: “You can say it’s poor because we drew the game but we dominated.
“Silly penalty to give away, had to keep our heads, keep playing but we just couldn’t find that killing touch at the end to get the win.
“You sometimes have to give credit to how the opposition set-up.
“Hungary were much better than they were when we played them away.
“They were really tight, compact, worked hard.
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When you play against low-blocks, it’s hard for our attacking players to create stuff but still think we did enough to win the game.”
A man was also arrested for racist abuse.
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