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Lampard breaks duck as Germany beat England

Frank Lampard broke his England duck, but a clanger from goalkeeper Paul Robinson saw the hosts lose again to Germany 2-1 tonight at Wembley.

Tottenham keeper Robinson gifted Kevin Kuranyi Germany's equaliser with a miserable mistake following Lampard's rare strike on nine minutes.

There was no denying the quality of his finish though after Micah Richards had capped a thrilling solo burst by slipping a pass inside Pander to provide Lampard with the chance to flash home his 13th England goal.

It was the high point of another excellent performance from Richards, who is quickly establishing himself as an essential member of Steve McClaren's team.

The visitors did not need any help from Robinson for their second as Pander finished off an intricate three-pass move by belting what proved to be the winner into the top corner on 40 minutes.

Good news for England was there was no sign David Beckham's trans-Atlantic trip had taken any toll.

Major League Soccer's highest-profile star set up Kieron Dyer twice in as many minutes midway through the second half.

The latter opportunity was the best but Dyer disappointingly slid his shot wide, while Philipp Lahm nodded John Terry's header off the line near the end as England continued their fruitless chase for parity.

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