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Sunday 19 August 2018

Vardy: 'We're in dark over video calls'

Problem: Jamie Vardy
Problem: Jamie Vardy

England striker Jamie Vardy insists there are still teething troubles with video assistant referees and that "no-one knows what is going on" when the system is used.

England were denied victory as Italy were awarded a late penalty after referee Deniz Aytekin consulted the VAR before pointing to the spot as debutant James Tarkowski was deemed to have fouled Federico Chiesa.

Lorenzo Insigne dispatched the resulting penalty to cancel out Vardy's first-half opener as Italy left Wembley with a 1-1 draw.

The late setback dented what was an otherwise fairly positive evening for England boss Gareth Southgate as he plans for the World Cup.

Vardy tucked away his seventh international strike to put the hosts ahead but was left questioning the VAR system.

"It is what it is," he said.

"They say they are using it at the World Cup so we have used it tonight. Obviously most of it is down to players and supporters not knowing what is going on.

"It is okay to come up and say VAR is in use but no-one knows what it is going on. It is obviously taking time as well, there were five minutes added on. I think there are still issues with it but it works in other countries so who knows?"

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