ITV pundit Roy Keane accused him of “cheating” adding, “I don’t like to see that”. However he was defended by Ian Wright, who said, “If that happens in a major competition and England get something from it, I’m not going to complain.”
The player himself tiptoed around his spot of bother rather more carefully that he had managed to step around the small white circle in the Laugardalsvollur pitch.
But he was certainly not ashamed of any of the skulduggery he revealed he has been learning as anything but a Saint under Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton.
“It wasn’t any digging of the spot, it was more just delaying the penalty,” he said. “It was a bit of a mad few minutes.