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Grealish slams penalty decision as England draw in Macedonia

Jack Grealish criticised the choice to award North Macedonia a charge as England hopped to a 1-1 attract their last Euro 2024 qualifier on Monday. 

Enis Bardhi’s area kick was conserved by Jordan Pickford, however the Trabzonspor midfielder scored from the rebound to put the hosts ahead 5 minutes before the period.

Grealish believed he had actually equalised simply over a minute into the 2nd half, however the objective was chalked off after a VAR evaluation identified the Manchester City winger was offside.

Moments after coming onto the pitch Harry Kane initiated the Three Lions’ just objective of the video game as his header from a corner was diverted into the web by Macedonian midfielder Jani Atanasov.

The result methods England enter into the pot for the Euro 2024 draw as front runners after completing initially in Group C ahead of Italy.

“I don’t think we can be too hard on ourselves,” BBC Radio 5 Live. “These location are challenging to come to. They scored a charge which I believe was never ever a charge. They had a number of shots after that, perhaps, however we might have had a charge ourselves, we struck the woodwork and undoubtedly my objective got chalked off.


“I think we dominated the game in what was a difficult pitch to play on and a hostile atmosphere – it’s a tough place to come.”

England are not in action once again till March when they deal with Brazil and Belgium in a set of friendly internationals ahead of next summertime’s competition in Germany.

“We all know it will be a lot tougher. That’s what we want to do though, going into the tournament, we want to play against the best opposition and test ourselves. There is no better way to do that than playing Brazil and Belgium. It’s two games we are all looking forward to.”

Asked if the message to fans after the video game is to “stick with us”, Grealish indicated the side’s unbeaten record in 2023.

“I think this year we have had a brilliant year, with eight wins and two draws,” he stated. “I can imagine what a few people might say now in the press. Even yourself are now saying ‘stick with us’. What do you mean ‘stick with us’? We have drawn two games and won eight. We have had a great year and will go into next year very positive.”

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