England suffered a semi-final defeat at the European Under-21 Championships as they were beaten by Germany on penalties on a dramatic night in Poland, after a 2-2 draw in regular time and extra time.
Tammy Abraham was on target for Aidy Boothroyd’s side, but his goal couldn’t save England from an exit.
Nathaniel Chalobah recovered from the groin injury he sustained in last week’s win over Poland to take his place alongside Will Hughes in midfield, and there were also starts for Tammy Abraham and Lewis Baker.
Germany took the lead 10 minutes before the break. Demarai Gray’s left-footed volley went into the roof of the net from a loose ball following a Ward-Prowse delivery. Germany’s lead had lasted just six minutes, while Tammy Abraham scored for England five minutes after the restart.
After playing through the pain-barrier in order to help his team, Chalobah was withdrawn after 64 minutes, with Jacob Murphy introduced in his stead.
Just a few minutes after Chalobah had been taken off, Germany were back on level terms from a corner as substitute Felix Platte directed a powerful header beyond Pickford to make it 2-2 with 20 minutes left to play.
The game ended that way and went into penalties after a goalless extra time battle, with Germany carrying the day when Nathan Redmond’s kick was saved by Julian Pollersbeck.