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England frustration as 2-goal Welbeck out of Ukraine crunch

England coach Roy Hodgson hit out at ref Ivan Kruzliak after their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Moldova. Kruzliak booked Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who struck twice on the night, so ruling him out of their next game with Ukraine.

Hodgson said: "The booking for Danny Welbeck has overshadowed the night, that's for sure.

"I don't think there'll be too many people, even in the refereeing fraternity, who will say that was a clear yellow card. A 40 yard sprint, a ball that arrives on your foot, a split second between the whistle blowing and the shot.

"You'll have to try very hard to persuade me that was a booking. He's out of the game. We'll live with it, deal with it, but I'm not prepared to go down that route that these things happen. I didn't think it was a correct decision.

"The other one he got in Montenegro, we should have had a penalty and he was booked for diving.

"He's been unbelievably unfortunate. We have already lost Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge and it makes life difficult for us. It takes the gloss off a good team performance.

"But we're getting used to dealing with misfortune. The players dealt with the blows we suffered in terms of injury before the game. I hope they do the same thing in Ukraine."

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