England captain Harry Kane said the referee “bottled” awarding his side a late equaliser in their Nations League loss to Spain.
Danny Welbeck thought he had levelled for the hosts deep into nine minutes of added time, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper David de Gea.
Goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo gave Spain the 2-1 win after Marcus Rashford had opened the scoring at Wembley.
“In big moments you need the referee to stay strong,” Kane told Sky Sports.
“In the big moments you need a firm referee who doesn’t get decisions wrong under pressure.
“Danny Welbeck stood there, De Gea went up, he caught the ball but as he went down he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball dropped.
“The referee bottled it.”
England manager Gareth Southgate also felt Welbeck’s effort should have stood.
“Their two centre-backs came together to block Danny,” he said. “It is clear he stands there and De Gea goes over the top and drops the ball. Everyone can see it should be a goal.”