ENGLAND were the losers in a first glimpse into how the VAR will work at the World Cup in Russia as Italy were handed a 1-1 draw care of an 87th minute penalty.
The technology was called upon at Wembley as attacker Federico Chiesa went down in the area under a challenge from England debutant James Tarkowski.
Referee Deniz Aytekin hurried over to the pitch side monitor to deliberate on the decision with the help of the video assistant, before pointing to the spot in dramatic scenes at Wembley.
Lorenzo Insigne was the man tasked with the pressure strike, and he made no mistake, sending Jack Butland the wrong way to seal a draw.
The spot kick cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s 26th minute effort, which he rifled into the top corner following some quick thinking from Manchester United star Jesse Lingard.
The late equaliser was the first goal conceded by the Three Lions in 10 hours and 24 minutes of football, as Luigi Di Biagio became the first Italy boss to fail to register a win in his first two games since Roberto Donadoni in September 2006.
There were some new faces for Gareth Southgate’s side as Burnley’s Tarkowski and Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook made their international debuts.
Interestingly, Tarkowski’s call-up actually hurts the Clarets, with the club now owing the centre-back’s former side Brentford £500,000 (AU$922,000) owing to a number of clauses inserted into his contract when he joined the Premier League side in 2016.
The clauses could actually end up costing Burnley significantly in the long run, with the club required to pay The Bees £1m (AU$1.84m) per competitive England start for the defender and £500k (AU$922,000) per substitute appearance.
While, friendly appearances are also costly, at a rate of £500k (AU$922,000) per start and £250k (AU$461,000) per substitute outing.
However, Burnley’s payments to Brentford will be capped at £1m (AU$1.84m) regardless of the combination of clauses according to Sky Sports.
Contrastingly, Lewis Cook’s first outing in England colours actually netted his grandfather a significant windfall.
The midfielder became the first Cherries play ever to represent the Three Lions, as a bet made by his grandfather in 2014 cashed out.
When the 21-year-old came off the bench to replace Jesse Lingard against Italy, the bet made when the youngster was coming through the ranks at Leeds proved successful – netting the punter £17k (AU$31,000) from a £500 (AU$922) bet placed at odds of 33/1.
Trevor Burlingham had bet that Cook would make his England debut before his 26th birthday.
England will face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the group stages of the World Cup and will take confidence from an unbeaten pair of friendlies against Italy and the Netherlands.