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End of the road for our five Lions

Posted on 28 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe played 71 minutes as England crashed out of the World Cup against Germany on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe played 71 minutes as England crashed out of the World Cup against Germany on Sunday.

The striker held onto his starting place alongside Wayne Rooney for the last 16 clash in Bloemfontein.

However, chances were few and far between for Jermain as the Germans ran out 4-1 winners at the Free State Stadium.

He hit the crossbar with a header in the first half but had already been ruled offside and he was involved in the move that led to the most controversial incident of the tournament so far, when Frank Lampard's effort hit the underside of the crossbar and landed clearly over the goalline.

That was with the scoreline at 2-1, but the 'goal' wasn't awarded and Germany had stormed into a 4-1 lead by the time 'JD' was substituted for Emile Heskey.

His Spurs team-mates Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson and Ledley King all remained on the bench.