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Video assistant referee to be used for England-Germany friendly at Wembley

Paul Mariner feels the influx of youth into the England squad will be refreshing, but they must prove their worth.

A video referee will be used in England's friendly with Germany on Friday night, the FA has confirmed.

The video assistant referee will be in operation for the first time in an official game in the UK during the clash at Wembley.

Matches between England and Germany have not been without controversial goalline incidents, such as Geoff Hurst's goal in the 1966 World Cup final and Frank Lampard's disallowed strike in the 2010 World Cup which was shown to have crossed the line by technology.

Last year a two-year trialling of the VAR system was approved by the International Football Association Board.

It sees video assistant referees, watching a game on television screens, being available to review four types of situation: goals, penalty/no penalty decisions, straight red cards, and cases of mistaken identity.

It is only to be used ''to correct clear errors and for missed serious incidents'' in those ''match-changing'' situations, the IFAB has said.

VARs and other match officials are able to recommend reviews, but the only person who can initiate one is the referee, who will then have the final say on whether their original decision should stand or be changed.

They have the option to review footage themselves on a pitch-side monitor before making a final decision.

The first trial of the system passed without incident during last month's 2017 Wembley Cup charity match.


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