Kane: Referee 'bottled' decision to disallow late equalizer vs. Spain

England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane during the press conference at The Grove Hotel Hertfordshire

England face Spain in the Uefa Nations League at Wembley their first match since the World Cup Credit

"In the big moments you need the referee to stay strong, but unfortunately he has bottled it", said Kane.

"Danny Welbeck stood there, David de Gea went up, he caught the ball but as he went down he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball dropped".

"You need a firm ref who under the pressure doesn't give wrong decisions".

And the last reference being to the fact that Kane is now the captain of Gareth Southgate's side for the foreseeable future.

"Their two centre-backs came together to block Danny", he said, according to BBC Sport.

"I think I could have done better at the World Cup if I'm perfectly honest", he told reporters. There were stages where it was hard for us, but we had good spells throughout the game as well and we probably created the better chances.

"We know the quality they possess".

"We were a little bit disjointed in some of our pressing, particularly in the first half".

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"Normally we have not got opposing objectives and the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our teams go out".

"As the game wore on, we started to work that out and I thought Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us, and him and John (Stones) being able to rotate positions allowed us to play through midfield better". There are always little things that people pick out of your game but I feel good, I feel sharp.

"I've seen teams fold in that sort of situation, but we finished really strongly, created a couple of very good chances, have probably had as many shots on target as they have".

"We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he's showed that for many years in the Premier League".

However, Spain, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique now in charge, hit back straight away when Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez lashed in from close range after trademark slick build-up play. I don't know how it's a foul.

"I don't think I can be up there with those two but I aim to improve".

"In fairness, if I was (Wales manager) Ryan Giggs or (Northern Ireland's) Michael O'Neill, I'd be saying 'what the hell is he complaining about?' They have to select their players from different sources", said Southgate.

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