‘We want clarity’: Gareth Southgate fears England being targeted by referees | World Cup 2022

Gareth Southgate is concerned England could be a target for referees at the World Cup after Harry Maguire was denied what looked a clear penalty in the 6-2 win against Iran on Monday.

The England manager was uneasy at how a goalscoring clip from one of his team’s qualifying ties had been used in the referees’ briefing for the tournament as an example of foul play.

It came from the 5-0 Wembley win against Albania in November last year and showed Kalvin Phillips blocking an opponent at a free-kick to help create the space for Maguire to head home. The clip was shown to referees, all the…

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