Joe Hart slammed Jesse Lingard for behaviour during Slovenia brawl

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Joe Hart was the hero as England slumped to a dismal 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions remain top of Group F on seven points but have their No.1 goalkeeper to thank following a string of world-class saves to keep the scores level.

Watching the game, it was almost as if England's players were intentionally trying to sabotage their chances of taking anything home, with Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and John Stones all making errors that led to goalscoring opportunities.


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However, in what was arguably Hart's best international performance, the Torino shot-stopper was upstaged by one of his teammates' misdemeanours.

With minutes remaining of normal time, a brawl erupted between England and Slovenia's players, with Jesse Lingard at the centre of it.

The Manchester United ace reacted furiously to Aljaz Struna grabbing Marcus Rashford's neck when the pair came to blows, even attempting to throttle the defender himself.

Lingard would later justify his actions by sending Rashford a tweet that said: "Always got you bruh."

One England player that was far impressed by the 23-year-old's behaviour was the aforementioned Hart, who lambasted his teammate and when asked for his take on the altercation.

"I don't care [what was said to Jesse Lingard]," the Manchester City loanee said, per the Mirror. "You can't lose your head, but luckily he didn't and he stayed on."

Hart makes a valid point. While Lingard's actions were admirable in one sense - it's hard to criticise someone defending a teammate - even just separating Rashford and Struna and acting as peacemaker would have sufficed.

But perhaps that should have been the duty of captain Wayne Rooney who, instead of helping his teammates, idly watched on as England's youngsters fought their corner (see below).

Not very captain-like, I think you'll agree.

Caretaker manager Gareth Southgate similarly warned Lingard of his actions, stating: "I'm told he reacted to someone raising their hands at Marcus.

"That's something he's got to cut out. There's a danger you get a red card in this sort of game when there's inconsistency in a lot of the decisions. There's even more of a risk."

Perhaps Rashford needs to sit Lingard down and remind him that he can defend himself...

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