Ronald Koeman admits he should been sent off against England in 1993
Last Updated: 23/03/18 9:05am
Ronald Koeman admits he should have been sent off for "a clear foul" on David Platt during the Netherlands' controversial win over England in 1993.
Koeman was skipper when a 2-0 victory in Rotterdam all but ended England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.
The game was goalless when Platt was played through on goal, only for Koeman to cynically drag him back on the edge of the area.
Much to the England players' disbelief, the referee awarded a free-kick instead of a penalty and only gave Koeman a yellow card.
To add insult to injury, it was Koeman who put the Netherlands in front when he chipped a free-kick over the England wall and past David Seaman.
"It was a clear foul," said Koeman, who takes charge of the Dutch for the first time in Friday's friendly against England.
"Nowadays it would have been a red card for sure but I was very happy that the referee said it was a free-kick and not a penalty."
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Koeman was sacked as Everton boss in October and will come up against former player Jordan Pickford, who starts in goal for England.
He is backing the 24-year-old to nail down the No 1 shirt ahead of this summer's World Cup.
"That was the reason why we went and signed Jordan from Sunderland for Everton in the summer," he said.
"It was because we expected that we had signed the new No 1 of the national team.
"He's still young and he needs to improve but Jordan's already at a level where he can compete with the best goalkeepers in the Premier League."