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Alves 'very sorry' for reckless tackle on Kane

Alves was dismissed in the first-half at Wembley. Credit: PA

Bruno Alves has apologised for the crazy challenge that saw him dismissed in a friendly against England on Thursday night.

The Portugal defender received his marching orders after 35 minutes when he recklessly lifted a boot towards Harry Kane's face as the 6 ft 2 in striker jumped to head the ball.

England went on to win the match thanks to Chris Smalling's late header in a contest that was somewhat overshadowed by Alves's challenge.

It's almost unheard of for someone to be dismissed during a friendly fixture, but the Fenerbahce player's moment of madness left the referee with little alternative.

After the match, he told reporters:

This is an uncontrolled gesture, I did not want to foul, but I am late, I put too much commitment. Unfortunately these things happen...I apologised to my team-mates and I thank them, I commend them for what they have achieved in the second half, 10 against 11.

I am very sorry for what happened. I admit the mistake and assume the consequences. It is important to not repeat it, and I felt the support of all and now we must move on.

– Portugal defender Bruno Alves