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No. Date Opponent Venue Type Details
968 13 June 2017 - 2-3 vs. France
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Fr The VAR was called into action in the 47th minute, when the referee, Davide Massa, used it to send off Raphaël Varane, after he clipped Dele Alli as he ran into the penalty area. The resulting penalty was scored by Harry Kane.
973 10 November 2017 - 0-0 vs. Germany
The National Stadium, Wembley
974 14 November 2017 - 0-0 vs. Brazil
The National Stadium, Wembley
976 27 March 2018 - 1-1 vs. Italy
The National Stadium, Wembley
Fr The VAR was called into action when the referee, Deniz Aytekin, called back play after 86 minutes when Tarkowski accidentally trod on Chiesa's ankle. Aytekin then awarded a penalty kick from which Insigne scored.
979 18 June 2018 - 2-1 vs. Tunisia
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

The VAR was called into to check every decision. It raised no issue with Walker's foul on Ben Youssef. Nor did it see no issue on two blatant fouls on Harry Kane.
980 24 June 2018 - 6-1 vs. Panama
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod
Again, the VAR was called into to check every decision, although none was used directly in any decision.
981 28 June 2018 - 0-1 vs. Belgium
Stadion Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad
982 3 July 2018 - 1-1 vs. Colombia
Otkritie Arena, Moskva
The VAR was assumed to be used in every decision, yet it raised no issue with the blatant fouling, the violent conduct, or the blatant cheating that was occurring during this match.
983 7 July 2018 - 2-0 vs. Sweden
Cosmos Arena, Samara
984 11 July 2018 - 1-2 vs. Croatia
Luzhniki Stadium, Moskva
985 14 July 2018 - 0-2 vs. Belgium
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
994 6 June 2019 - 3-1 vs. Netherlands
Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Guimarães

The VAR was called into action to cover two major incidents. Firstly, Lingard thought he had scored a winner (82:29), but was adjudged to have been offside by an inch (84:33). Moments later, claims were made against Chilwell that he had handled the ball (85:19). It was rightly decided (86:40) that it had in fact, struck his back.
995 9 June 2019 - 0-0 vs. Switzerland
Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
The VAR was called to decide on two major incidents again. Sterling went for an Alexander-Arnold cross and was possibly held back by Kevin Mbabu (73:18). The penalty kick was not awarded (73:41). Then, for the second match in a row, England had a goal struck off. This time, Callum Wilson scored the goal (83:18), only to be pulled back because he himself had committed a foul in the build-up (83:12). The goal was eventually unawarded (84:59).
1015 13 June 2021 - 1-0 vs. Croatia
The National Stadium, Wembley

1016 18 June 2021 - 0-0 vs. Scotland
The National Stadium, Wembley
The VAR was presumably called into to check every decision. It raised no issue with Andy Robertson's trip on Raheem Sterling in the 79th minute.
1017 22 June 2021 - 1-0 vs. Czech Rep.
National Stadium, Wembley
The VAR was again, presumably called into to check every decision. It raised no issue with Jan Bořil's foul on Harry Maguire in the penalty area in the 68th minute, but was brought into action when Jordan Henderson's disallowed goal (85:26) was checked to decide whether the ball was passed to him by Jude Bellingham, or a backpass from Jan Bořil. VAR did not overturn the original, albeit delayed, offside decision.
1018 29 June 2021 - 2-0 vs. Germany
National Stadium, Wembley
The first official use of VAR for England in the tournament was an offside check, in the 86th minute to make sure Harry Kane's header was correctly adjudged to be onside.
1019 3 July 2021 - 4-0 vs. Ukraine
Stadio Olimpico, Roma
1020 7 July 2021 - 2-1 vs. Denmark
National Stadium, Wembley
VAR performed a penalty check, which occurred as a result of Harry Kane going down (73:20) from a challenge by Christian Nørgaard. It took another thirty-forty seconds before VAR was confirmed, and another thirty seconds to confirm that referee Danny Makkelie's original decision stands, a free-kick against Harry Kane.
The second official use went in favour of England, Makkelie pointed to the spot (101:47) after Raheem Sterling was bundled down to the floor. VAR took 65 seconds to not see 'a clear and obvious error' in the referee's decision.
1021 11 July 2021 - 1-1 vs. Italy
National Stadium, Wembley
1022 2 September 2021 - 4-0 vs. Hungary
Puskás Aréna, Budapest

VAR performed a penalty check after Raheem Sterling tumbled down on the goal line (61:32) under a challenge from Willi Orbán. The referee ordered a goalkick and the thirty second check did not altar any decision.
VAR then performed a foul check following Harry Maguire's goal, to make sure he did not use his arms on Attila Szalai (68:13). The check was complete almost as quickly as it began.
1023 5 September 2021 - 5-0 vs. Andorra
National Stadium, Wembley
VAR performed a penalty check after Mason Mount went down in the six yard box following a challenge from Christian García. The referee awarded a penalty kick and the check did not altar any decision.
1024 8 September 2021 - 1-1 vs. Poland
Stadion PGE Narodowy, Warszawa
The VAR was assumed to be used in every decision, yet it raised no issue with the blatant fouling, the violent conduct, or the blatant cheating that was occurring during this match.
1025 9 October 2021 - 5-0 vs. Andorra
Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella
For the first time, VAR favoured England in gaining a goal. Ben Chilwell's strike (16:32) was immediately ruled out for offside. However, nine seconds later, a goal check was confirmed, and a whole one minute and 53 seconds after the ball struck the back of the net, the offside decision was overturned and a goal awarded.
In the second half, Tammy Abraham's goal (58:05) was checked for offside whilst substitutions were made, he was not offside and the goal stood (59:27).
When Jack Grealish went down (76:54) under a Jesus Rúbio challenge, a penalty kick was immediately awarded, and VAR took a minute to substantiate the decision.
1026 12 October 2021 - 1-1 vs. Hungary
National Stadium, Wembley
VAR was called in action, not to decide whether Luke Shaw had committed a foul with a dangerously high foot (21:52), but the position of the foul. Ultimately deciding it was within the penalty area.
1027 12 November 2021 - 5-0 vs. Albania
National Stadium, Wembley
VAR was used to check to clarify Harry Kane's position when Jordan Henderson scored his goal, the extensive check was over (28:50) and the goal was allowed to stand.
1028 15 November 2021 - 10-0 vs. San Marino
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
The first use of VAR in the evening came from a subtle handball from Dante Rossi (22:58), who was appealing at the time, his hand in the air, as Phil Foden's volley went wide brushing the finger of Rossi. The referee, Rade Obrenović, viewed the monitor (24:25 to 25:02) and awarded the penalty kick (25:05) and a yellow card (25:33).

VAR was then called in to check the legitimacy of Jude Bellingham's first goal for England (70:31). The referee viewed the monitor (71:43 to 72:05). His goal was struck off (72:10) after it was ruled that Tammy Abraham fouled Lorenzo Lunadei (70:23) in the build up.
1029 26 March 2022 - 2-1 vs. Switzerland
The National Stadium, Wembley

The VAR was called into action twice, both in regards to the two of the goals. When Breen Embolo headed in Xherdan Shaqiri's cross (21:39), Silvan Widmar was offside in the first build-up of play, but this was not considered to be in effect and the goal was awarded (23:13).
The second use was in awarding England a penalty-kick. Marc Guehi's headed Jack Grealish's corner onto Steven Zuber's hand, who was facing the goal (74:57). The players appealed and play was eventually stopped when Henderson's shot blazed over the bar (74:59). WIth no resumption of play, the Referee, Andreas Ekberg, was then eventually told to consult the monitor (76:15), he did so (76:28) for twelve seconds, awarding the penalty kick (76:46).
1030 29 March 2022 - 3-0 vs. Côte d'Ivoire
The National Stadium, Wembley
Again, VAR was called into action twice. Following Raheem Sterling's goal (44:24), their was a check as to whether an offside had occurred. It had not, and the goal was awarded (45th+1:17).
Shortly after the second half began, 41 year-old Fousseny Coulibaly appeared to bring down Jude Bellingham (45:46) and referee Erik Lambrechts ordered a penalty kick (45:50). VAR checked and requested that the referee look at the monitor (47:00). He did so (47:17 for thirteen seconds) and concluded that Coulibably got the ball first. Award for the kick is overturned. The first time that the Video Assistant Referee overturned an England penalty kick award.
1031 4 June 2022 - 0-1 vs. Hungary
Puskás Aréna, Budapest

VAR was used to check that the referee's decision regarding the award of the 66th minute penalty kick (63:44 to 64:46).
1032 7 June 2022 - 1-1 vs. Germany
Allianz Arena, München
VAR was used twice to check the referee's decisions. Jonas Hofmann felt he scored a legitimate goal (22:11) which was disallowed for being offside. VAR took almost two minutes (22:16 to 24:02) to agree with the referee's correct decision.
Harry Kane was then fouled (84:20) and play continued until the ball went out of play (84:33) to allow VAR to check. He was asked to check the monitor (84:57), which he did (85:20 to 85:46). Carlos Del Cerro Grande then awarded a penalty kick (85:49)
1033 11 June 2022 - 0-0 vs. Italy
Molineux, Wolverhampton
1034 14 June 2022 - 0-4 vs. Hungary
Molineux, Wolverhampton
NO REPORTS OF THE VAR IN USE, however, according to the UEFA website, VAR was used to check the Hungarian goals
1035 23 September 2022 - 0-1 vs. Italy
The only known use of VAR in this match occurred in the 61st min. (60:12) when Jude Bellingham was sent flying by Nicolò Barella as he headed the ball back into the penalty area. Any penalty claim was soon dismissed (61:14).
1036 26 September 2022 - 3-3 vs. Germany
The National Stadium, Wembley
In this match, VAR was integral in deciding two of the goals. Firstly, after a poor Maguire pass (49:21) led to him fouling Jamel Musiala five yards inside the penalty area. Referee Danny Makkelie in fact waved Musiala back to his feet. It was almost a minute later (50:08) when the referee was advised to look at the pitchside monitor (50:26-50:33), awarding the kick five seconds later.
An innocuous challenge a yard inside the penalty area on Jude Bellingham (79:21) when Nico Schlotterbeck slid into his ankle was only noticed by the VAR officials. Only after a Harry Kane shot (80:18) and a corner was awarded (80:22) was Makkelie made aware and then ordered to look at the monitor (80:57). Nine seconds later, for fourteen seconds, he did so. Then awarded a penalty kick (81:37) and a caution.


Glen & the VAR (in 2018)

1. "It looks like Tarkowski stands on him but it's during the running process and he is going down anyway," Southgate told BBC Radio 5 live.
ME: If he was going down anyway, it was because of Tarkowski trying to pull him back! I don't think that he was diving.

2. Tarkowski said: "It's never a penalty. I stood on his foot but I didn't think a lot of it."

ME: This begs the question, 'is standing on a player's foot a foul?' Answer: if it's deliberate. Was it deliberate? I don't think so, but combined
with holding his arm and causing him to fall, maybe that's enough to call it a foul.

3. "There was contact, he's rolling around and obviously that has influenced the referee, they've got the penalty and scored the goal"
- Jermain Defoe, England striker on BBC Radio 5 live.

ME: He was rolling around because Tarkowski stood on his foot. I think that we'd all do the same, it's painful!

4. "For me if I go through on goal, and there's contact, I'll go down." - Defoe.
ME: Then you should be punished (and certainly shouldn't be spouting those views on national radio). Wouldn't it be better for the game if no
players did that, or can we only look at it from a striker's point of view?

5. "VAR was brought in for clear and obvious errors. If it's clear and obvious why the hell did it take twenty views for ref to change his mind? And still nobody can agree if it's right or wrong" - Alan Shearer on Twitter.

ME: It's not all black or white. The VAR looked at it and probably thought that it was worth a second view. It was clear and obvious that it needed a second look, that's the benefit of VAR. You have to take a judgement call quickly and then confirm it one way or the other. We have to trust these guys, not jump down their throats with sensationalist quotes just because we have a prominent profile and have an agenda to prove that it doesn't work! Also, it didn't take anywhere near 20 views and it's not abouterybody agreeing. It's about what the officials think. These tools mean that they're going to get it right, almostery time. Surely, that's the only important thing? It's pointless trying to geteryone to agree, whenerybody's biased towards their own team.

6. "It's irrelevant whether they think it was a penalty or not. VAR is there for the obvious howlers" - Gary Lineker on Twitter.
ME: If a decision is reversed after viewing several replays, surely that justifies it,en if it's more of 'I have a strong suspicion that it's an obvious howler, but I'm not 100% sure', or do we only protest when it's against England?

Does nobody possess the ability to look at this objectively, without any bias? Referees will always make mistakes, but they know the rules better than any of the pundits or fans. There can't be a fan out there who sees his own defender step on a striker's foot and doesn't worry that a penalty will be given. We then rely on one man's instant interpretation and hope that he hasn't seen it. Regardless of who the team is, it has to be good for the game if another official says, "Hang on, you might want to take another look at that". The 'clear and obvious error' thing is surely just guidance for the VAR to stop them reviewingerything. You can only see that it was a clear and obvious error when you've looked at all of theidence. Until then, it's only a suspicion.

Sorry, had to get that off my chest! One other interesting point was that Italian players were encroaching when the kick was taken. The VAR should have pointed that out which just goes to prove that there's plenty of room for improvement, but what's the alternative? Go back to ridiculing the referee, because we've seen the video and he hasn't?

Glen & the VAR (in 2022 after John Stones was sent off without a VAR check)

I don’t think that they can intervene when it’s a second yellow, only straight reds. Another of the VAR rules where they seem to miss out on the important stuff. I’d make sure that VAR:

  • always checked every sending off, including second yellows (after all, it’s a game-changing moment, just as much as a straight red is).
  • checked all situations where it’s either a goal-kick or a corner (because that could lead to an unfair goal), also whether the ball went out or not on the touchline (managers love to fixate on these things if a goal follows soon afterwards).
  • ensured that no penalties were awarded without the referee watching the video (either that or take the penalty decisions away from the referee, he only gets one angle in real-time, another angle can make a big difference, you can’t just rely on ‘clear and obvious’ errors when another angle could change your opinion i.e. not necessarily an error of judgement).
  • ensured that no handball decisions were made without looking at the video.
  • made all shirt-pulling punishable by death a straight red. There is no possible justification in the sport of association football. It can never be a part of the ‘art of defending’, so why has it been normalized? How can Chiellini’s grabbing of Saka’s neck in last year’s final only warrant a yellow? He damn near throttled him! That would be assault anywhere else but a football pitch. I don’t buy the argument that if you punished every offence there’d be no players left. If they’re both doing it, send them both off and give a drop ball. Keep retaking corners and sending players off (using VAR) until players stop grabbing each other.


While we’re at it, take the timing away from referees and just have sixty minutes per game playing time. There’d still be time wasting, but it would be just stopping momentum, rather than losing time.


Finally, I’d have a panel look at the behaviour of serial divers, particularly those that throw their bodies into defenders to instigate collisions (James Maddison is the latest one that I’ve spotted). Ban them if they do it in more than one game (or perhaps three). Give them the power to compare incidents from different matches.