Roy Hodgson criticised Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after England’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine at Wembley in which five yellow cards were showed to the home team and captain Steven Gerrard was sent off. England manager Roy Hodgson (left) was unhappy with the officials during the 1-1 draw with Ukraine (Picture: Action Images) It means Gerrard, who received two yellows on the night, and Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson will both miss the next Three Lions World Cup qualifier, a home clash against San Marino. ‘Steven Gerrard is certainly very unlucky to be sent off,’ said Hodgson after the match. ‘I don’t think the two fouls he was adjudged to have committed were worthy of that sanction.’ The Liverpool captain revealed his disappointment at being shown his first red card in international football since making his debut in 2000. ‘I don’t think there was a bad tackle in the game, was there? And I think the referee’s given seven yellow cards,’ Gerrard said. ‘So, it’s disappointing for me because it’s a red card – my first one in 98 caps.’ Frank Lampard blasts in a late penalty for England (Picture: AP) The England manager gave his players muted praise after Frank Lampard’s 87th minute penalty cancelled out a brilliant 25-yard opener from Yevgen Konoplianka. ‘In the end we fully deserved our equaliser so I suppose I’ll dodge the question whether it was a good performance or whatever and say that I was very pleased with the way the players went about their task,’ Hodgson declared. Lampard said the team were disappointed that Jermain Defoe’s first-half effort was disallowed, adding: ‘At the start of the game you obviously want to win it but when you consider the circumstances we had a goal disallowed, we hit the post, so in the end we showed great character to get a point.’
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