Frank Lampard believes England could have gone on to beat Germany if referee Jorge Larrionda had allowed his ‘goal’ to stand.
The Three Lions midfielder chipped German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from the edge of the area and the ball bounced off the crossbar and over the goal-line, but the officials wrongly decided not to give the goal.
Joachim Loew’s side then went into half-time 2-1 up after Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski’s scored before Matthew Upson’s header halved the deficit.
“It was a clear goal - 40,000 people knew it but two people didn’t. It affected the game,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 live
“A 4-1 defeat in the end was disappointing for us, but at 2-2 in the second half we would have tried to win the game.
“If it had been 2-2 at half-time, there was only one team. We had chances to score [but] it’s not about the better team in a game, but the small moments that decide them.”
Lampard says England’s World Cup preparation was not a factor in their poor performances throughout the tournament, and believes the injury to Rio Ferdinand isn’t the reason behind their exit.
“We prepared everything right so there’s no real explanation,” he added.
“It was a big loss to lose Rio but we can't put it on one player.”
The future of England boss Fabio Capello remains uncertain after the Italian admitted he will meet with the FA, but Lampard would like to see him stay.
"Yes I do [want him to stay], I enjoy working with him. He's a top manager and as an England team we are disappointed to be knocked out of the World Cup. It's not really for me to speak about his future."
After a slow start to the tournament, Lampard reckons his side could have built up speed.
"It's right up there [as one of the most disappointing results]," he added. "We are at the World Cup and felt we could get some momentum after Slovenia and to go out against on of our rivals is tough and it's very disappointing."
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