Ex-Premier League referee 'wowed' as Tottenham star Kane' reacts to unprecedented development
Tottenham star Harry Kane is right – England’s 5-0 win over Andorra should not be the only time they are refereed by a woman.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the landmark development.
Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul became the first woman to oversee an England at the weekend.
Kane, who was an unused substitute during the game, took to Twitter after the game to say “it should be the first of many”.
And Hackett has insisted it will also serve as a major inspiration to female officials working in England.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think UEFA and FIFA are jointly sending out a message that they want to be gender-neutral for match officials across the game as a whole across the world.
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“England are generally behind. We’ve got some very good assistant referees, Rebecca Welch is now in the Football League. We’re getting there.
“In other countries, Bibiana Steinhaus, a German referee, officiated in the Bundesliga. Stéphanie Frappart, who has the fourth official in Andorra v England, has refereed in the top French league.
“Hopefully, when young girls and woman have looked at this game will think ‘I’ll have a go at that’. To the existing women referees in our game it should say ‘Wow, we’ve got some opportunities here, there’s a pathway to the top’. We’ve got to make that pathway fairly clear.
“We’ve got to ensure on that route to the top they gain the experience to handle the big games. It’s no good just putting token names in place.”