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Editor's Viewpoint: A final push for glory

Tomorrow's World Cup Final should be the climax of a competition which, until recently, had a lack of really good football. The consummate talents of Spain will be pitched against the solid but skillful Dutch, and the outcome is by no means certain.

The only significant footnote for English football from this World Cup may be the change of heart by FIFA in introducing goal-line technology after Frank Lampard's blatantly disallowed goal against Germany.

That, and the honour given to an English referee and his officials by officiating at the final, are the only consolations for a football nation which expected so much, but got so little.

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