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Lampard: I knew it was over the line
Published : 27 Jun 2010 19:52:00
Frank Lampard has called for the goalline technology after being denied a crucial equaliser during England's World Cup defeat to Germany. England were trailing 2-1 when Lampard's 20-yard strike hit the underside of the bar and bounced down around a yard over the goalline. But the match officials allowed play to continue and Germany eventually went on to win 4-1 - a scoreline Lampard believes flattered them. The Chelsea midfielder said: "I haven't seen the goal again but I didn't need to see it again. "I knew straight away that my shot was over the line, clearly a yard or so. "It baffles me that it wasn't given and it was a big deciding factor. "I won't stand here and say it is the reason why we got knocked out. "But if it had gone to 2-2, and we had still come out and played the way we did in the second half, it would have been a different game." Lampard said: "I think it is time to bring in goal-line technology. "We had a meeting before the World Cup when we were told about a million different rule changes that hardly affect the game. "The big one, the one that affects the game today, hasn't been brought in so it is a no-brainer." Lampard believes there were only small margins that separated the two sides. He said: "Everyone can see, it was small things in the game. "Everyone can see it was a goal which would have sent us in level at half-time and after the break we were on top and hit the bar again. "Maybe we showed a bit of desperation and a little bit of naivety on our part in trying to push and push and getting caught on sucker punches on counter-attacks. "It is the story of the game. Nobody can stand here and tell me Germany were a lot better than us. They were not 4-1 better than us. "But the things have conspired against us and maybe we have conspired against ourselves at times. But it just didn't go for us."