Rice calls Hungary star Loic Nego "pathetic" for the "way he went down" in draw

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Declan Rice has blasted Hungary’s Loic Nego for his “pathetic” behaviour during England’s 1-1 draw at Wembley on Tuesday night.

England were frustrated by the visitors in the World Cup qualifier as Roland Sallai’s early penalty was cancelled out by John Stones’ close-range finish from a free-kick.

Hungary’s penalty was awarded by referee Alejandro Jose Hernández for a high foot against England left-back Luke Shaw.

Shaw took slightly too long over his clearance and his high foot went close to Nego’s head as he ducked in to try and get contact on the ball.

Rice was interviewed by ITV following the final whistle and the West Ham midfielder did not try to hide his disgust at what he thought was an overreaction by Nego to make sure of the decision.

When asked what he made of the penalty decision, he replied: "Look, when you put your foot up that high – the way he went down was a bit pathetic if I’m being honest, he’s holding his head – if you put your foot up like that now it’s a penalty but I’m going to say it’s not."

Raheem Sterling had England’s best two chances to win the game, but he was denied by Peter Gulacsi either side of half-time.

Gareth Southgate continued the experiment of playing Phil Foden in midfield alongside Rice, but it did not come off against a well-organised opposition at Wembley.

"You sometimes have to give credit to how to opposition set-up,” Rice said.

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“Hungary were much better than they were when we played them away.

“They were really tight, compact, worked hard when you play against low-blocks it’s hard for our attacking players to create stuff but still think we done enough to win the game.

"You can say it’s poor because we drew the game but we dominated.

“Silly penalty to give away, had to keep our heads, keep playing but we just couldn’t find that killing touch at the end to get the win."

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