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Infighting sunk our World Cup dream, says striker's cousin

PUBLISHED: 11:01 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

THE cousin of England star Joe Cole is demanding touchline technology in all major competitions, but blamed England s defeat to Germany on fundamental problems within the team.

THE cousin of England star Joe Cole is demanding touchline technology in all major competitions, but blamed England's defeat to Germany on "fundamental problems" within the team.

Frank Lampard appeared to have equalised when his 34 yard free-kick struck the bar and bounced behind the line on Sunday just minutes before half-time in the World Cup fixture in South Africa,

At 2-1 down, England conceded another two goals as they pushed for the elusive equaliser in the second-half, with the poor decision immediately sparking calls for technology to be introduced.

Despite the blunder Justin Cole, of Cloudesly Close, Sidcup, manger of Bexlians FC, said England were beaten by the better team and hinted that divisions within the squad and management had hampered the campaign.

He said: "There is no reason for it not to be introduced. It would be impossible at grassroots level but certainly in major competitions its a must.

"The clubs have the money and it's probably not that expensive. This is not the first time bad decisions have been made in important games and this type of technology is the answer and is available and affordable.

"It's used in rugby, tennis, but why not football? I have no doubt, 100 per cent.

"However, this was not the reason for the defeat, the squad is 23 players and a management team. There seemed to be a fundamental problem in South Africa from start to finish."

Although the FA qualified coach was angered by the decision he blamed the team's poor performance on the pitch for the defeat, claiming the players should never had conceded two goals so early on.

He also hit out at the appointment of Italian coach Fabio Capello saying the team needed an English manager like Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to lead the nation's millionaire superstars.

England scrapped through the group stage of the competition with a 1-1 draw with USA after a goalkeeping blunder by Rob Green. A 0-0 draw with minnows Algeria left the team needing a 1-0 victory against Slovenia to go through in second place.

After the second game defender and former captain John Terry angered manager Fabio Capello by claiming in a press conference that the players were unhappy with his decisions.

Mr Cole added: "To be fair my players have to pay to play and they give 100 per cent. It certainly seems there is something wrong in the squad and maybe something will come out soon that can give us some sort of reason for what went wrong. The players did not appearing to be playing for each other.

"There has been a lot of distractions whether it's the manager or the John Terry incident or something else. I always say to my players if you have a problem come to me, speak to me in person. Talking to the press was not the best decision but shows something is seriously wrong."

His cousin Joe Cole was used as a substitute in two of the games but failed to make an impression as a lacklustre England headed home from South Africa on Monday night. He has not spoken to the Chelsea star since the World Cup exit.

Fabio Capello has resisted pressure to step down saying it was up to the FA to decide. He told a press conference this week: "I said I can be for next season, the manager of England, but they have to decide."

STRIKE: Joe Cole, left, and above, cousin Justin Cole.


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