England are out of the 2010 World Cup after being thrashed by Germany at Free State Stadium in South Africa. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski scored and it looked comfortable, but Matthew Upson's tally gave England a chance to come back. The Three Lions will be aggrieved that a Frank Lampard strike was wrongly disallowed at the end of the first-half, but Thomas Mueller's second-half brace gave coach Joachim Leow's side a convincing 4-1 victory.
Both sides used line-ups that were relatively unchanged. Three Lions boss Fabio Capello used the same starting XI that defeated Slovenia, keeping faith in Matthew Upson, James Milner, and Jermaine Defoe. Meanwhile Loew made a solitary variation to his squad as Klose, who returned from suspension, replaced the injured Cacau in attack.
Goalkeeper James was called into action after just four minutes. Mesut Oezil ran through the defence, beating Ashley Cole to the ball and volleying from a tight angle, but the veteran was ready and saved well.
England were having trouble clicking in attack in the early stages and Germany nearly took advantage on a counter, but Podolski wasted the opportunity when he attempted a shot rather than passing to a team-mate.
Frank Lampard had been poor in the group stages, but he burst forward with Defoe to ear a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal, but he struck the set-piece straight into the wall.
Klose proved to be decisive for his national team yet again at the World Cup. A long ball was misread by John Terry and the striker easily held off Upson to poke past James and give the Germans the advantage after 20 minutes. The three-time World Cup winners had been the settled side and were full value for their lead.
David James saved Capello's men from going two down. Mueller put in a sublime through ball for Klose and the Portsmouth shot stopper got down quickly to block his close range effort.
It was a sign of things to come as Klose lobbed the ball over to Thomas Mueller inside the box, who flicked across goal to Podolski. The 25-year-old controlled and fired low past James for a 2-0 scoreline. England looked second-best, but going behind by another goal sprung them into life.
Minutes later, Upson made up for his previous error, heading in Steven Gerrard's cross to make it 2-1. It was turning out to be a thriller.
A most controversial decision on 38 minutes kept England behind. Lampard's dipping shot from outside the area hit the crossbar and bounced downwards. Lampard and Capello were already celebrating the goal, but the linesman ruled it did not cross the line. Replays proved it to be the wrong decision as the ball was clearly in the net and the team in the red strip were up in arms before the half-time whistle blew.
The second-half started with England continuing to look for that elusive equaliser. There was bad luck for Lampard once again, the Chelsea star's curling freekick from a central position striking the crossbar with Manuel Neuer beaten. It was the British outfit that had come out more hungry for the latter 45 minutes.
Philipp Lahm's short backpass caused problems, but Neuer was quick to just beat the onrushing Jermaine Defoe to the ball in a lively encounter. On the hour mark, Mueller's cutback left the defence scrambling, but he toe-poked wide from the edge of box.
Rooney skipped past his marker and set up Milner, who smashed the ball towards the net, but a crucial block by left-back Jerome Boateng likely saved a goal.
Germany found their third with a textbook counter. Mueller started and finished the move, spraying wide to Bastian Schweinsteiger before getting the ball back and lashing a low and hard effort past James. It was 3-1 on 66 minutes.
It wasn't long until it was four goals for the 2006 hosts. Oezil beat Gareth Barry for pace down the left and squared for Mueller again and that surely spelled the end of England's World Cup hopes even if there were 20 minutes left.
Neuer denied Gerrard a consolation with an excellent fingertip save after the Liverpool skipper had linked up with Rooney. There was little more action as the spirits of England had been dashed.
Germany move on to the quarter-finals to play the winner of Argentina versus Mexico.