ANGRY Slovakia defender, Jan Durica, claimed referees are helping England to reach the World Cup.
But new Three Lions boss, Sam Allardyce, was thrilled by a last-gasp 1-0 win in Trnava.
Serbian official, Milorad Mazic, claims the red card for Martin Skrtel was a strict interpretation of rules.
But Durica claimed the Serbian official bent over backwards to help them.
Ex-Liverpool hardman, Martin Skrtel, was deservedly sent off in Sunday’s opening Group F qualifier.
But Durica said: “There is only one place at the World Cup. Why should Slovakia go there, when we have England in the group?
“Of course, they will always prefer a stronger team. Probably the referee exactly knew how to do it. It was after a really strict red card.
“I think that the referee waited for when Skrtel would commit a foul.”
Durica, 34, who plays in Turkey with Trabzonspor and has been capped 83 times, added: “We fought, but we conceded a goal at the end of injury-time, such a ‘cheap’ goal.
“After the Euros, the English were under more pressure for this game. Victory came only after that red card.
“When that happened, they knew then they had one player more, so, logically, they began pushing forward and creating the pressure.
“But they did not have clear chances, so that is why we are disappointed.
“If they would have created some great moves and scored a nice goal, you would say it is OK but not a goal in stoppage time.”
Durica’s claims come at a time when Premier League referee chiefs are being battered by allegations from former whistler Mark Halsey he was ordered to lie about a missed on-field incident. – SunSport