Internationals: Penalty heartbreak for England U17s

England Under-17s suffered penalty shootout heartbreak in the final of the European Under-17 Championship.

All four of our Academy representatives started in Croatia, as they have done in all six games at the finals. Jon Panzo partnered captain Marc Guehi in the centre of defence, while George McEachran and Callum Hudson-Odoi lined up further up the field

As in the semi-final, Hudson-Odoi netted the opener in the first half, a deflected curling effort from just inside the 18-yard box at the end of a mazy run that took his tournament tally to three goals. While the Spaniards levelled moments before the interval with an incisive move, Steve Cooper’s side looked to have won it with a goal from another FA Youth Cup final scorer, Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

It remained 2-1 until deep into stoppage time but a late header from Nacho Diaz second before the full-time whistle sent the contest to a spot-kick decider. The new ‘ABBA’ penalty shootout system has been trialled at the tournament but England missed their second and third efforts from 12 yards, with Spain running out 4-1 shootout winners and lifting the trophy for the third time.

As one tournament ends, another begins for England with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea getting underway tomorrow (Saturday). Paul Williams’s side take on Argentina in their group opener and Jake Clarke-Salter, Fikayo Tomori and Dominic Solanke will all be hoping to feature.