An exclusive GiveMeFootball poll revealed 83 per cent of online football fans think England may still be in Euro 2012 if Frank Lampard was with the team.
The Chelsea midfielder missed the tournament after injuring his thigh during a training session before the competition, eventually being replaced by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
The Three Lions suffered shoot-out heartbreak in their quarter-final against Italy on Sunday and a vast majority of the 2700 fans polled believed Lampard’s presence may have taken them one-step further.
After a goalless draw after extra-time took the game to spot kicks, England’s apparent inability to stand the pressure told once more as both Ashleys, Young and Cole, were the men who missed.
Young’s kick was smashed against the crossbar and Cole could not find the bottom corner, giving Gianluigi Buffon a simple save to make.
Lampard famously missed in the penalty shoot-out loss to Portugal at the World Cup in 2006 but it is likely his contribution in open play that could have made the difference.
England’s inability to maintain possession in midfield was seen as one of the major factors in their demise and Lampard’s ability to do so, as well as regularly scoring important goals, could have helped Roy Hodgson’s side improve performances.
It is impossible to say if Lampard’s availability would have helped England at all, but he had just come off of a Champions League final victory with Chelsea – on penalties – and would have added some confidence to the team.
Whether he would of or not, the fans have made their views known emphatically.
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