Murphy slams Daniel James for acting on the pitch

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Manchester United winger Daniel James appeared to be knocked out while playing for Wales in their 1-1 draw with Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifying game.

James contested a ball with Domagoj Vida in the first half in Cardiff and there was a heavy collision as he landed and was left flat on his back, legs and arms spread, with his eyes closed.

There seemed to be concerns about the 21-year-old, but he was attended to by the medics and ended up finishing the game.

James and Welsh boss Ryan Giggs seem to both agree that he exaggerated the situation and it’s an incident that has left Danny Murphy amused.

“There was a few tackles flying in but you always expect it in these games,” James said after the 1-1 draw.

“I’m fine. I think he just caught me in the head, but I didn’t get knocked out fortunately.”

Giggs told Sky Sports after the game: “Daniel James went down and stayed down with a bit of acting.

“But the medical staff went over, he was compos mentis and we did all the checks at half-time and he was fine.”

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy finds the incident confusing and has sent a bit of warning to Daniel James.

“If you’re Ryan Giggs and you say he wasn’t knocked out, I would say ‘Why was he lying on the floor with his eyes closed?” Murphy questioned on talkSPORT.

“It doesn’t do him any good, that’s why I hope – in private – Giggs has probably said to him in private ‘Come on’.

“To come out publicly and do the same as a young lad…maybe there is a bit of sense in the coach not hammering the young player and having a quiet word in his ear in the back.

“There’s only two outcomes. One he is knocked out, the other he isn’t. If he is saying he wasn’t and the manager says he wasn’t, so let’s believe it and take it at face value.

“It’s really unusual for a player to do that, first and foremost. So the question I would be asking is; what’s in his head to think ‘I’m going to play act being out’?

“He wasn’t trying to stop them on the counter, it was Wales on a break, I don’t think he was tired. So what was his reasoning? If he is telling the truth, let’s believe the lad, if he is saying he made the most of it – why?

“I’ve not the seen that before, I think that’s a bit weird.”