Emile Heskey has vented his frustration at Manchester United star David De Gea after the goalkeeper’s apparent playacting at Wembley. During Spain’s 2-1 victory over England on Saturday night, De Gea fell under pressure from Danny Welbeck deep into stoppage time before dropping the ball.
The Arsenal striker thought he had given the Three Lions the share of the points during their opening UEFA Nations Game, only to see it ruled out for a controversial foul. Despite captain Harry Kane slamming referee Danny Makkelie for ‘bottling’ the decision, former Liverpool striker Heskey was far more disappointed with the goalkeeper for his part in the matter. When asked if the goal should have been allowed, Heskey replied: “Very disappointed, I don’t think he [Welbeck] did anything wrong.
“He can’t go anywhere can he? It’s not like he pushed him or put his arms up or anything, he stood there. “He [De Gea] came down on top of him and the worst thing for me is feigning an injury afterwards. “There was nothing wrong with him, you were the one that fell onto him. The ball hit him, came out of your hands and he’s tapped it away.
“I don’t see what he could have done different, as in Danny.” Despite the late controversy, England was greatly outplayed by their Spanish guests. An early goal from Marcus Rashford ensured the party atmosphere inside Wembley was able to carry on, but goals from Saul and Rodrigo ensured it was a third straight defeat for England in all competitions.