GARETH SOUTHGATE fumed as England were denied an early penalty against Iran.
England won their first corner after just three minutes, with Kieran Trippier subsequently swinging it in.
ReutersHarry Maguire couldn’t believe he wasn’t awarded a spot kick[/caption]
BBCThe centre-back tussles with his marker in the box[/caption]
ReutersThe Manchester United defender appeals to the referee[/caption]
Harry Maguire appeared to be bear-hugged in the box, although no spot kick was forthcoming – with VAR opting not to intervene.
The incident prompted a protest from Southgate, who waved his arms in frustration.
Fans also fumed online, with one writing: “Stone wall penalty.”
A second tweeted: “A clear pen all day long.”
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Another added: “Maguire is literally being rugby tackled.”
While a fourth fumed: “England already robbed of a penalty 3 minutes in.”
A long delay quickly followed… but not due to a VAR check.
Shortly after the penalty appeals England launched an attack, whipping a dangerous cross into the box.
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Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand collided with a defender, requiring lengthy treatment for a head injury.
After several minutes he opted to continue… although was hauled off shortly after.
The 30-year-old, who plays his club football for Persepolis in Iran, was replaced by Hossein Hosseini.
EPAAlireza Beiranvand inadvertently collided with his own team-mate[/caption]