England 1 Ukraine 1: Referee was wrong to disallow Defoe’s goal – Johnson
England 1 Ukraine 1: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson criticises Cüneyt Çakır's decision to rule out Jermain Defoe's goal
Glen Johnson criticised Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakır after the official disallowed Jermain Defoe’s goal in England’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Tuesday.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker appeared to have opened the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute when his venomous shot beat Ukraine goalkeeper Andrii Pyatov.
However, Defoe was adjudged to have illegally used his elbow to brush off Andriy Yarmolenko’s attempted challenge, leaving Frank Lampard to score a late penalty to cancel out Yevgeni Konoplianka’s stunning first-half strike and secure a point.
“It was a bit more then harsh,” said Johnson. “He [Defoe] is in front of the defender so I can’t see why he is going to foul him or do anything.
“He’s just held him off as you would see in every single football match.
“But it’s one of those things – sometimes you get the decision and sometimes you don’t – you’ve just got to keep fighting.”
Defoe also felt Cakır was wrong to send off England captain Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool midfielder was handed a booking for inadvertently elbowing an opponent when contending for a high ball, before receiving his marching orders in the 88th minute for a clumsy challenge on Denys Garmash.
“He [Gerrard] shouldn’t have got sent off,” said Defoe. “For the first booking, he used his arms to jump and I got booked for the same thing.
“You’ve got to use your arms to jump but the referee wasn’t having it.”
However, James Milner did praise England’s commitment to salvage a result from a disappointing performance.
“We had a few chances and one or two strange decisions haven’t gone our way,” added Milner.
“Lampard put the penalty away, and we hit the woodwork a couple of times and a couple of other penalty shouts.
“I think we’ve got to take the positive out of it as well. We kept going until the end and kept trying to do the right things.
“Many teams may have thought it’s not our night as everything was going against us, but we kept going and got the goal in the end.”