Blatter praises 'wonderful' Chelsea legend who 'helped change football'

England Disallowed Goal V Germany

Manchester City loanee Frank Lampard received high praise from Sepp Blatter upon his international retirement.

This week saw another England international announce his retirement from the international scene, as Frank Lampard followed in the footsteps of Steve Gerrard by deciding it was time to curtail his England career.

The Chelsea legend, who will spend the first six months of the current season on loan at Manchester City from New York City FC, announced the news last night stating:

"It has been a very tough decision for me to make. That is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup. I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt."

In all likeliness Lampard has probably jumped before he was pushed. Roy Hodgson must rebuild this England side from the bottom up, like Germany did after losing to England 5-1 back in 2001. Now they are World Champions.

And of course it is a moment against Germany that will probably define Lampard's international career, the phantom goal wrongly ruled out by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda in the 2010 World Cup tie between the two nations.

While it was heart-breaking for England, who went on to lose 4-1 (Lampard's goal would have made it 2-2), it was the turning point in the call for goal-line technology.

Even Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, who had previously been against the idea changed his view after this horrific error from the officials. He said in 2010:

"It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology."

And it did, and now the system is in use across the globe, and was implemented at the last World Cup, even if it did cause the odd amount of confusion now and again.

But Blatter paid tribute to Lampard once again for his international career but mostly for bringing the goal-line technology debate off of the drawing boards and into practice.

Unfortunately for Lampard, it seems this will now remain his England legacy.

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