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Kyle Walker: Should he have been dismissed from the England vs. Italy game?

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The Three Lions began their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against the reigning champions, Italy, on a historic night in Italy. Fans believe Kyle Walker should have been sent off.

England were able to exact some type of retribution on the Italians. After being defeated on penalties at their national stadium in the first major final in decade. Although winning the trophy would have been preferable.

As a result of a tussle in the area that resulted in the ball falling to Declan Rice, England took the lead early on in the first half. As his team won a penalty shortly before halftime, Harry Kane finally had the chance he had been waiting for. He surpassed Wayne Rooney’s record.

With 54 goals to his name, one more than Rooney, Kane went up and converted his penalty in characteristic form to become England’s all-time leading scorer. Mateo Retegui’s goal just before the hour mark, though, made the second period tense.

After a moment of insanity in which he received two bookings in the span of 60 seconds, Luke Shaw was subsequently given the boot, setting up a tense final 10 minutes. Luckily for England supporters, they were able to hold onto the victory in what was, on paper, their group’s most difficult qualifying match. Hence, it must be a formality that England will now qualify for Euro 2024.

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Fans believe Kyle Walker should have been sent off

Fans believe Kyle Walker received two cautions. This would have reduced the Three Lions to nine men and put them in a much more difficult situation. At that point, England’s backs would have been against the wall.

Worry not, the outcome is not in doubt because the betting platforms wrongly listed England’s first caution; Walker’s claimed caution in the 53rd minute was really for Giovanni Di Lorenzo, the Italian right-back.

Hence, unlike what Twitter implied, the Manchester City player shouldn’t have been sent off when he was shown a yellow card for excessive time-wasting in the 71st minute. It was actually his first booking.

Luckily, Shaw is the only player who will be punished for getting sent off against Italy. England looks to bounce back at Euro 2024 following the ultimate heartbreak at Wembley.

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