After a first half that promised to turn this meeting of old foes into the first genuine classic of the tournament, before it turned into a one-sided march reminiscent of Germany v Oz match &, at times, Portugal v N Korea.
Such was the incisiveness of the German counter attacks in the second half that the stars of the bestest, greatest league in the world look ponderous & amateurish in comparison. Case in point - Gareth Barry. En route to setting up the fourth goal, Mesut Ozil sped past Barry like a Fiat Coupe overtaking a Toyota Vios. And if he wasn't fully fit, why was he in the strating XI? And Barry wasn't alone. Matthew Upson, despite scoring a goal, was woefully short of international class & quality. Rooney as good as Messi? In yer fooking dreams. Our own Stevie G looked lost stuck out on the left.
Were the English once again the victims of horrendous officiating? As bad as the decision to disallow Lampard's goal was, there is nay hiding the fact that the Germans were vastly superior in nearly every department. Tactically, individually and mentally, the Germans outclassed England to set up a mouth-watering clash with Argentina this weekend.
Even the famously jingoistic Daily Mail had to agree on this. There was nay hiding from the deficiencies of a squad that played miserably throughout the tournament.
England, now deservedly, joins Italy and France as the other heavyweights to exit the tourney after a series of frankly turgid & lifeless performances.