It’s a familiar story. England once again crashed out of a tournament in a penalty shootout.
Only this time it was the European U21 Championship semi-finals as the Young Lions suffered a heart-breaking 4-3 penalty defeat to Germany on Tuesday in Tychy, Poland.
Southampton forward Nathan Redmond saw his spot-kick saved by German keeper Julian Pollersbeck after the scores had finished level at 2-2 after 120 minutes.
Germany took the lead through Davie Selkie’s header on 35 minutes before England struck back with goals from Demarai Gray (41) and Tammy Abraham (50) either side of the break.
Felix Platte header from a corner with 20 minutes to go saw the game go to extra-time and then penalties after a goalless extra period.
England drew first blood in the shootout when Jordan Pickford saved from Yannick Gerhardt, but Pollersbeck saved from Abraham to level things up.
And with Redmond needing to score to keep England in the shootout, the German keeper dived to his right to push away his effort and put Germany through.
Germany will no face Spain in Friday’s final after they beat 10-man Italy 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.