Jesus Valenzuela was the referee for England vs USA in the World Cup tonight.

The Venezuelan took charge of his first match at the World Cup after being selected as one of 36 referees at the tournament in Qatar.

The 39-year-old is considered one of the best referees in South America – officiating in Copa America, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and South American World Cup qualifiers.

He became a professional referee in Venezuela’s top flight, where he officiated nine matches before the league was suspended for the World Cup.

However, in that match, Valenzuela showed seven red cards, as well as a series of yellow cards.

England’s opening match against Iran was officiated by Brazil’s Raphael Claus.

England did not receive a single yellow card as Gareth Southgate’s side won 6-2.

Meanwhile, Jordan Pickford said he hopes England get fair treatment from officials after boss Southgate said he was “concerned” that his team had been used as an example during a pre-World Cup refereeing meeting.

England were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Harry Maguire was caught by Rouzbeh Cheshmi early in their 6-2 win over Iran on Monday.

VAR decided not to intervene but then notified the referee of the shirt tug in England’s box which resulted in Mehdi Taremi scoring a last-minute penalty, while a similar offense resulted in a spot-kick in Argentina’s shock loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

FIFA refereeing committee chairman Pierluigi Collina has singled out England during a pre-tournament briefing – also open to the media – showing a clip of Kalvin Phillips blocking to create space in the box for Maguire to score in England’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win. Albania last year.

The Italian said such a goal would be ruled out at the World Cup and Southgate was left with worries about the potential consequences of England being the team in the spotlight ahead of the finals.