'Disgrace' - Arsenal legend Ian Wright clashes with Man Utd hero Gary Neville during England punditry

Harry Kane wins England a penalty.Harry Kane wins England a penalty.
Harry Kane wins England a penalty. | Getty Images
The two pundits snapped at one another in the ITV studios at half time between England and the Netherlands.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was left feuding with Manchester United hero Gary Neville at half time in the semi-final fixture between England and the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

The two sides went in 1-1 at the break in the semi-final with ITV coverage leaving Wright and Neville analysing the match so far alongside Roy Keane. Ronald Koeman's side took the lead through a Xavi Simons wondergoal before Harry Kane fired back from the penalty spot minutes later.

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That spot kick has caused widespread controversy. Inter Milan man Denzel Dumfries went to block Kane's shot with his boot following through onto the Bayern Munich striker after he had fired goalwards.

The incident wasn't initially penalised but referee Feliz Zwayer was sent to the screen by VAR and overturned the decision.

Talking about the penalty on ITV, Neville seethed: "As a defender, it's an absolute disgrace. A disgraceful decision. To have that given against me as a penalty at any time, but in a game of such importance... I was fuming with the Denmark one the other week, the handball one. I was offended by that one.

"He goes in naturally to try and block the shot. It's not a penalty for me, it's nowhere near one. I have to say, I don't think there were many England players claiming for it either. Harry stayed down, he got a bit of a tap on his foot but it was never a penalty for me. Obviously, you take your luck, England have played really well in that first half."

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Former Gunners man Wright waited his turn to disagree, then cooly shot down Neville's opinion, arguing that in modern day football such a challenge was always going to be penalised.

Ian Wright believed the penalty was fair.Ian Wright believed the penalty was fair.
Ian Wright believed the penalty was fair. | Getty Images

Wright said: "When you look at the way penalties are given now and the way the game is with things going to VAR, that's reckless. From Dumfries, the way he's challenged there. That's why he's given it. If that's anywhere else on the pitch, you get a foul for it! If that's in the midfield, with studs are up... listen it's soft but what can you say? His studs are up, that's given as a penalty now."

Butting in where possible, Neville ranted and raved at his co-pundit's analysis. He snapped: "Reckless? That is not reckless! We're all going mad. If someone thinks that's reckless... honestly. That is not a penalty.

“I think in the box there's a little bit of licence for a defender to go in with honesty and block the shot."

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