Capello: Lampard controversy in 2010 helped force goal-line technology

The former England coach remembered the events of the Three Lions' elimination four years ago, where he feels the midfielder's controversy advanced the adoption of technology
By Peter Staunton in Cuiaba

Russia coach Fabio Capello ruefully recalled England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup as helping to advance the implementation of goal-line technology for the first time in this year’s tournament.

The new technology came into the spotlight this summer during France’s 3-0 win over Honduras, where Les Bleus' second goal was awarded after the ball was correctly adjudged to have rebounded over the line, moments before Noel Valladares clawed it back.

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And Capello could not help but remember events four years prior when he coached the Three Lions in their Round of 16 match against Germany.

With England trailing 2-1, Frank Lampard’s shot rebounded off the crossbar into the goal – only for the officials to rule that the ball never crossed the line.

"I didn't change it [goal-line technology]. Fifa changed it," said Capello to reporters.

"Did you see the [France] result yesterday? I was with my team, England [in 2010], and was penalised. Experts know that going from 2-0 down to 2-2 makes a big difference.

"This actually helped the case of technology but we paid the price."

Capello chose Vasili Berezutski to replace Roman Shirokov as the Russia captain ahead of Igor Denisov, and revealed that the CSKA Moscow defender’s command of English swayed his decision.

"Igor Denisov is a leader on the pitch but Berezutski speaks English and communication with referees is very important," he continued.

Upon taking the armband, Berezutski expressed his determination to lead his side past the loss of Shirokov, who was ruled out of the World Cup with a lingering back injury.

"Shirokov is a big loss for us. However, the Russian team is strong as a team," he said.

"It's a collective effort. This is why we should not be fixated on the fact that his absence will disrupt our team too much."

Russia open their Group H campaign against South Korea on Tuesday at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.