Marcus Rashford backs VAR at World Cup but calls for improvement



The Three Lions were denied two seemingly-clear penalties when Harry Kane was bundled over against Tunisia but the video refs did not intervene

Marcus Rashford believes the use of video assistant referees will be great for the game once the issues that threatened to derail England’s World Cup opener are ironed out.

The Three Lions kicked off a major tournament with a victory for the first time since 2006 on Monday thanks to Harry Kane‘s last-gasp header against Tunisia.

Kane was under the close attention of Tunisia from corners

Kane was under the close attention of Tunisia from corners

The 2-1 win sets England up well ahead of Sunday’s Group G clash against Panama, when Gareth Southgate’s men will be hoping for better officiating from those on the ground and watching from afar.

Aggrieved at the penalty awarded against Kyle Walker by referee Wilmar Roldan, that equaliser was compounded by the VAR’s lack of action when Kane was twice bundled to the deck in the box.

Southgate felt his side were wrongly denied penalties on Monday and Rashford hopes for quick improvements to a system the forward welcomes.

“The idea of bringing it into the game is spot on,” he said.

“It will improve with time because there are some decisions – like the ones you said – where they have to at least check whether or not it’s a penalty.

Rashford wants clarity with VAR

Rashford wants clarity with VAR

“That’s down to them to decide but at least they should check those. I’m sure it’s something they can improve on.

“We’ve not talked about last night specifically, but we’ve had conversations about it previously.

“It’s a tough one because I think it’s something that the game definitely needed. As with everything it needs improving and I think it will improve in time.”

Three officials from FIFA gave a presentation to the England players and staff last Wednesday, but there are clearly still issues that need clearing up.

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