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Defensive flop downed England

sports Updated: Jun 28, 2010 02:09 IST
Dhiman Sarkar

Ray Parlour felt England were badly let down by their defence, leading to their worse performance at the World Cup this millennium. “Oh, the defence didn't perform today. Germany opened them up far too many times. Tonight it was very easy for them,” the former Arsenal and England midfielder told reporters at the media centre here.

Parlour, 37, played 12 years for Arsenal and also for Middlesbrough and Hull City. He is here as a television expert.

He didn't want to make much of Rio Ferdinand's absence, saying, “You've got to make do with the players that you have.” Parlour said it's tough to accept a 4-1 verdict. “I have a show tonight, don't know how I will do it,” he said, with a smile --- but “you've got to hold your hand up and accept that. That's football.” And he didn't mince words about the disallowed goal. Frank Lampard's shot clearly crossed the line and it seemed only Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his compatriot and assistant-referee Mauricio Espinosa didn't see.

"Two-all at half-time and it could have been a completely different game. It was a long way over the line. It changed a lot of things in the second half. I am a little surprised at the decision because I think the refereeing has been brilliant so far in this tournament," he said,

On the 1966 final between the same teams Parlour said, “It's time we let that be.”