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England Crash Out

Sunday, June 27, 2010

After so much expectation, particularly from the British media, England have been knocked out of the World Cup. Germany proved too good on the break and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end. However things may have been very different had Frank Lampard's clear goal been seen by the linesman.

England started poorly and were 2 goals down after half an hour, mainly down to the lack of communication and talent between Terry and Upson. But just 54 seconds after Upson brought it back to 2-1 Lampard volleyed from the edge of the box with the ball hitting the bar and falling at least a foot over the line, a moment that England will be talking/complaining about until World Cup 2014. In fairness, it was a shocking decision and once again puts pressure on Blatter to implement goal-line technology.

England started the second half well with Lampard hitting the bar but two quick breaks in 3 minutes kicked England out of the competition, both moves resulting in Muller smashing pas James.

In the end England were probably lucky to only concede 4 but they will always wonder what might have been had Lampard's goal counted. Being Irish however, I'll be very angry if FIFA decide to introduce technology because of it, as the idea was snubbed after the Thierry Henry incident in November.


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