Frank Lampard’s ghost goal and the thrashing by Germany

Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2010. England are playing Germany for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Ugh. The dissonant, atonal droning of vuvuzelas fills your ears. Ugh. Fabio Capello. Ugh. Fabio Capello is sitting on the bench with a face like a melted waxwork AND he’s playing Steven Gerrard on the left wing. Double ugh. Germany’s Mesut Ozil is in on goal within four minutes. UGH.

Somehow, impossibly, it gets even worse from there.

It’s not unusual for England fans to feel a genuine sense of injustice at major tournaments. Both David Beckham and Wayne Rooney received red cards that…

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