Andros Townsend was adamant that England’s controversial match-winning penalty in opposition to Denmark was ‘100 per cent’ proper to be awarded.
Referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot after Joakim Maehle’s problem on Raheem Sterling noticed the Man City ahead tumble to the bottom in extra-time.
VAR checked the choice however the name was not overruled because it wasn’t deemed a transparent and apparent error from the official.
Denmark gamers had been understandably pissed off by the choice, with some followers accusing Sterling of dishonest.
Nonetheless, former England worldwide Townsend rejected any assertions that Sterling dived to win a penalty.
“100 per cent a penalty. In each incident the place you sluggish it down sluggish movement it makes the contact look lower than what it really was,” Townsend informed White & Jordan.
“Working at full pace he’s completed effectively to keep away from the primary problem after which the second man has clipped him.
“Whenever you’re operating at a distinct path to the defender all it takes is a bit clip to knock you off stability.
“I believe you see in full pace he does clip at some pace and he goes down. He loses his footing and for me it’s 100 per cent a penalty.
“It undoubtedly can’t be a dive as a result of there’s clear contact. The contact doesn’t look that extreme on the replay.”
He continued: “I’ve been in comparable conditions the place I’ve been clipped and there’s no manner I may keep on my ft.
“I’d get dwelling after the sport and have a look at three or 4 replays and it doesn’t appear to be there’s a lot contact in any respect.
“However while you’re altering path like that while you’re going throughout your man it’s any sort of contact in your ft and for me it was the fitting choice.
“It might have been a tender penalty, it may have gone both manner, however to sit down right here and say there wasn’t sufficient contact for him to go down: that I disagree with.”
Jordan had earlier claimed England could be fuming if the shoe was on the opposite foot, insisting Gareth Southgate’s males shouldn’t have been awarded a spot-kick.
“I didn’t suppose it was a penalty,” the ex-Crystal Palace proprietor mentioned on the identical present.
“There’s the good thing about enjoying in entrance of 60,000 followers in your personal stadium with a referee on the pitch making an on-pitch choice which wasn’t going to be reviewed by VAR.
“I assumed it was a really tender penalty. I’m not suggesting he cheated himself right into a penalty; I wouldn’t go so far as that.
“However I do suppose we’ve to have a look at it and say we had been lucky to get that penalty.
“We will surmise these items all day, but when that sport had been performed in Rome would we’ve received a penalty in that occasion? No, it’s a really, very tender penalty.
“I believe if we’d have been on the tip of this we’d have been outraged. If it was us sitting right here with Andros on the opposite facet, that is an Englishman doing what a Dane had completed we’d be sat there going ‘that’s bloody tender’.”
Legendary supervisor Jose Mourinho echoed Jordan’s views on talkSPORT instantly after Wednesday evening’s historic 2-1 win at Wembley.
“Sure, superb sport, however I’m unsure you need to hearken to my opinion,” Mourinho started, as he analysed the sport on air.
“I say the best way I see it, not the best way it’s. Perhaps you don’t like my opinion this time….
“It’s by no means a penalty. The most effective staff received, England should win. England was unbelievable, however for me it’s by no means a penalty.
“However, for me, it’s by no means a penalty. At this degree, a semi-final of a Euro I don’t perceive actually the referee’s choice.”
He continued: “And I don’t perceive even much less the truth that the VAR didn’t carry the referee to the display or overturn the choice. For me it’s by no means a penalty.
“In order a soccer man I’m very glad England received – don’t get me improper – and I believe they should win – don’t get me improper.
“However as a soccer man, I’m dissatisfied that penalty was given. I assumed England would win it.
“However I say it the best way I see it and I don’t consider the referee goes to sleep effectively!”
In the meantime, Jason Cundy admitted that he thought Sterling dived to safe the match-divining spot-kick – however couldn’t care much less both manner!
He informed Sports activities Bar: “Is it a dive? Yeah. Do I believe it’s a penalty? No. Do I care?! Not one bit! I couldn’t care much less!
“The darkish arts of soccer is one thing I’ve been very important of England not having sufficient of in main tournaments, it’s about discovering a solution to manipulate a call from the referee.
“Have you learnt what, I couldn’t care much less and I don’t need anybody, nobody phoning up criticising Raheem Sterling.
“We now have missed the darkish arts and I’ll pat him on the again for that, as a result of it’s good.”