Chelsea hero Frank Lampard has revealed that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer informed him that his would be equalizer should have been allowed during England’s round of 16 defeat against Germany during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The German’s went on to convincingly dominate during the second half and ended up winning the game 4-1 through a second half brace from Thomas Mueller as well as goals from Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose.
However, on the verge of the end of the first-half, with the score at 2-1, Lampard struck the ball onto the crossbar and the ball narrowly went over the line. However, Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on and the goal was not allowed.
England appeared to lose momentum after this as they were comprehensively outplayed during the rest of the game. Die-hard Three Lions fans will argue that the pendulum may have swung had Lampard’s goal been allowed and that the Three Lions could have went on to win the game.
During an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Lampard reveals that he met with Neuer while on holiday and that the Bayern Munich shot-stopper admitted that the goal should have stood.
He said: “He’s always linked closely to me, as I often get asked about the goal that never was,” says the new manager of Derby County. “I actually bumped into him on holiday last year and we had a joke about it by the pool. He was open to the fact that it was a goal – pretty easy to say years after the event!”