Premier League referees will welcome goal-line technology next season, says ex-ref Dermot Gallagher.

World governing body FIFA this week confirmed the technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup as it invited tenders to provide the system.

Former FIFA referee Gallagher, who officiated in the Premier League from its inception until his retirement in 2007, believes the news will be wholeheartedly welcomed by officials.

"All referees want it," he said.

"Why would you want to wake up in the morning and see a picture of a ball over the line in a match you refereed?"