Jamie Carragher hits the nail on the head as England are awarded a controversial penalty against the Netherlands

Harry Kane equalised for England in the Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands when he converted a hotly debated penalty, which was awarded after a VAR check

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Jamie Carragher has hit the nail on the head after England were awarded a controversial penalty to level the scores in their Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.

The Three Lions started poorly when Dutch forward Xavi Simons dispossessed Declan Rice and produced a stunning seventh-minute strike to beat Jordan Pickford. But England hit back when captain Harry Kane coolly scored after being fouled by Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries.

The England striker had his shot cleared in the penalty area before Dumfries hit him with a late attempt to block the ball. Referee Felix Zwayer initially disallowed the foul, but after VAR advised him to review his original decision on the pitchside monitor, the German official changed his mind and pointed to the spot.

The 30-year-old Kane stepped up to take the penalty and beat Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen with a powerful right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.

Even the English fans couldn’t believe the decision. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher posted on social media platform X, formerly Twitter: “Never a penalty”, accompanied by two laughing emojis.

Carragher also told the Telegraph: “That was never a pen. I can’t believe the referee was asked by VAR to look at it. And then I couldn’t believe he gave it to them. If England win this game, they’ll be lucky.”

In commentary for ITV, former England defender Lee Dixon said during the VAR check: “I would be surprised if that happens.”

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