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Lampard: My 'goal' changed football

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Goal.com

The 36-year-old midfielder says he won't dwell on the disallowed strike against Germany at the 2010 World Cup when his England career comes to an and

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

England went 2-0 down to Germany in their World Cup last-16 clash in Bloemfontein back in 2010, but 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 to bounce back out and be ruled out by referee Jorge Larrionda.

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 his strike had a positive influence in the game.

"I don't think much about it," said the midfielder, who will almost certainly make his last World Cup appearance on Tuesday as he captains England against Costa Rica. "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 has 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."

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