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Mixed emotions for Derby striker as England defeat Portugal 1-0.

Derby County striker Mason Bennett saw red for England’s Under 17s during their 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday evening, in their first game of the Elite Qualifying Round for the UEFA European U17 Championships at St. George’s Park.

The game was due to be played at Walsall, but heavy snow in the West Midlands on Friday left the Banks’s Stadium pitch unplayable and forced the switch to England’s recently-opened training base in Burton.

16-year-old Bennett was named in the England starting XI but his dismissal came five minutes from half time, as his tackle on Clever Franca earned the Rams’ youngest ever player and goalscorer a straight red card.

Despite being a man down, Chelsea forward Alex Kiwomya found the net in the second period to win the game for the Three Lions.

Next up for England is a game against Russia at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on Monday night, followed by a clash with Slovenia on Thursday at the same venue.

The Football Association have not yet confirmed how many games Bennett will miss as a result of his red card.

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An excellent example of how UEFA/FIFA are trying to turn football into a non contact sport. 20 years ago that would not have even been a booking. It was just a sliding tackle 70 yards from his own goal, no studs up and malice.


Why oh why are they so keen on taking the physical element out of the game? Oh thats right, because the Spanish and Italians don't like it.



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He can't be doing that for the 1st team if he gets a chance.

Why run the risk and dive in when they had the ball in their half.

If he got sent off in a championship game, that would impact his image and potentially his value as a player. Also it would put the team at a huge disadvantage (well we are actually quite good with 10 men)

Anyway he made a similar unnecessary tackle vs Chelsea. There is sometimes a need for the ball to be won in that manner but not when he is playing as a striker or LW.

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Love how the ref goes to the player rolling on the floor - he's not judging the tackle at all, he's making his decision based on the "injured" players reaction.


Shabash is correct though, he needs to concentrate on what he's good at and let someone else worry about tackling.

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Never a red card, Portuguese player should have been sent off for his play acting.


Play acting is part and parcel of football.


We can moan as much as we want but if you don't act like a sniper has shot you the player wont get a red card.


Mason should know that there is no need for that type of tackle

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