It’s becoming the third certainty in life: death, taxes and Germany beating England.
This time, it was the England under-21 side who were defeated by the lottery of penalty kicks at the hands of the German U21’s.
Germany have not been beaten by England in a competitive game for 17 years.
Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham put Aidy Boothroyd’s men in front following David Selke’s opener.
But Felix Platte sent a header past Jordan Pickford to send the game to extra time.
Pickford, who recently joined Everton, saved a penalty like his counterpart Julian Pollersbeck at the side’s respective second spot kicks.
With the last kick of the shootout, Southampton’s Nathan Redmond failed to put his in the net and Germany progress to the Final of the competition.
Spain will face Stefan Kuntz’s men in the final on Friday in Krakow, Poland after a Saul Niguez hat-trick helped them triumph over Italy.
Weirdly, same problems at Under-21 and senior level. Good players, questionable tactics.
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) June 27, 2017
Some exciting players in England U21s but Boothroyd’s style an eyesore and football similar to Pearce tournaments.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) June 27, 2017
Germany are headed to the Under-21 European Championship final! 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/Ljx5Rx4qiq
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 27, 2017