Lampard: My disallowed England goal changed football

By Ben Hayward in Belo Horizonte

England midfielder Frank Lampard says he has no regrets over his disallowed goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup and is happy the strike helped force Fifa introduce goal-line technology.

30/1Frank Lampard is 30/1 with bet365 to score as England beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Tuesday
With the Three Lions 2-0 down in their last-16 clash in Bloemfontein, Matthew Upson pulled a goal back and Lampard looked to have equalised when his long-range effort rebounded off the bar and over the line - only for referee Jorge Larrionda to disallow the strike.

England ended up losing 4-1, but the controversy that ensued was instrumental in Fifa's decision to introduce goal-line technology for Brazil 2014 and Lampard says he is happy the incident had a positive influence in the game.

"I don't think much about it," said the midfielder, who will captain England against Costa Rica in what is likely to be his last World Cup outing. "I can't see much point in having sleepless nights about it.

"It changed the game for the better, so I'm pleased about that. It's a positive move for the game as a whole with the introduction of goal-line technology."

And Lampard, who is yet to decide whether he will extend his international career, was positive about his time with the Three Lions despite their failure to make an impact at major tournaments since he made his debut in 1999.

"It's difficult because we are all very disappointed," he said. "But if I look back to when I was a kid, I couldn't have imagined playing one game for England, let alone 100 or more.

"We all dream of winning but we haven't been able to. It's not for the want of trying. We have just come up short at different times."