This was a highly anticipated match - the last World Cup Finals meeting between the two sides was in 1990 when West Germany beat England on penalties, but for England this amounted to their worst ever World Cup Finals defeat.
Fabio Capello fielded the same starting eleven players which had beaten Slovenia four days earlier. Sporting their all-red kit again England went a goal behind in the twentieth minute when Neuer punted the ball down the field. Klose muscled out Matthew Upson as they battled to get to the ball, and with James out of his net, the German scored his twelfth World Cup goal, and his 50th goal in 99 appearances for his country. England needed to get themselves back into the game quickly, but with just over half an hour on the clock Germany played some lovely football resulting in James making a save with his foot. Then disaster struck in the 32nd minute when Germany went further ahead following more entertaining football from England's opposition. Mueller crossed the ball to Podolski who scored from a tight angle.
England tried to make amends when Milner sent in a good ball to Lampard, but the German defence cleared away the danger. England did claw a goal back in the 37th minute when Matthew Upson headed the ball into Neuer's net after a superb ball in from captain, Gerrard.
Controversy struck a minute later when Lampard's shot went at least a foot over Germany's goal-line, but the referee inexplicably did not give the goal. Incredible when the ball had so clearly crossed the line, prompting talk for the need for goal-line technology. This could so easily have been the turning point for England. If the goal had been given they would have gone into the break on level pegging. As it was they were a goal down.
Into the second half, Frank Lampard took a free-kick from 25 yards, but the ball agonisingly rebounded off the crossbar. Sadly, it all fell apart for England in the 67th minute when Germany extended their lead with a goal from Mueller, after Gareth Barry lost possession. Just three minutes later it was all over for England when Mueller scored his second goal of the game and Germany's fourth. Just deflating for England and their thousands of fans in the stadium, and for the millions watching in England.
After a disppointing performance in South Africa by a team for which the nation had high hopes to do well in the tournament, due to the age of several members of the team, this will perhaps have been the last chance at World Cup glory for a number of England players. By the time the next World Cup Finals come around in Brazil in 2014 it is expected there will be a number of different faces in the team. So another World Cup campaign is over, but just around the corner, qualification begins for Euro 2012. Something to look forward to after the players catch their breath after a long and hard season.
Neuer #1, Lahm #16 - Captain, Friedrich #3, Mertesacker #17, Boateng #20, Schweinsteiger #7, Khedira #6, Mueller #13 (Trochowski 72 mins - #15), Oezil #8 (Kiessling 83 mins - #9), Podolski #10, Klose #11 (Gomez 72 mins - #23).
Subs Not Used: Butt #22, Aogo #4, Wiese #12, Jansen #2, Cacau #19, Tasci #5, Marin #21, Kroos #18, Badstuber #14.
James #1, Johnson #2 (Wright-Phillips 87 mins - #17), Upson #15, Terry #6, A Cole #3, Milner #16 (J Cole 64 mins - #11), Lampard #8, Barry #14, Gerrard #4 - Captain,
Defoe #19 (Heskey 71 mins - #21), Rooney #10.
Subs Not Used: Green #12, Crouch #9, Carragher #18, Carrick #22, King #20, Dawson #5, Warnock #13, Lennon #7, Hart #23. (Full Squad)
Germany Goals: Klose (20 mins), Podolski (32 mins), Mueller (67 & 70 mins)
England Goal: Upson (37 mins)
Germany Caution: Friedrich (47 mins)
England Caution: Johnson (82 mins)
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)