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'Not to be' - JD

Posted on 30 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe has described the moment he thought Frank Lampard had equalised against Germany on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe has described the moment he thought Frank Lampard had equalised against Germany on Sunday.

The striker spoke to us exclusively after arriving home from South Africa following the Three Lions' 4-1 defeat in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Jermain was involved in the play that led to Lampard's effort, a lob from 20 yards that beat German keeper Manuel Neuer, struck the underside of the crossbar and landed over the goalline.

England had just pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 and a shift in momentum looked on - but unfortunately, the ‘goal' wasn't awarded and Germany eventually ran out comfortable winners.

"Lamps' goal should have stood and it would have been a different game," said 'JD', who scored the winning goal in the final group game against Slovenia - England's only victory in the tournament.

"At that point we had them up against the ropes. When Matty (Upson) scored, we stepped it up, pressed them and when Lamps scored, it was so far over the line.

"I was on the floor at the time, I turned and I could see it clearly.

"I actually thought it hit the net. I was on the floor thinking ‘yes, 2-2, we're going to go on and win this game'.

"It was such a massive blow in the end. You have to think perhaps it's not to be because that was so far over the line. It was probably worse than Pedro's (Mendes) at Old Trafford.

"When things like that happen you definitely think it's not meant to be."

We'll have more from Jermain tomorrow and Friday...