England's Cup Dream Over Against Germany
It was all too familiar for England U-17s as they were sent home from the U-17 World Cup in Mexico tonight after a 3-2 defeat to who else but Germany.
Alex youngsters Max Clayton and Nick Powell both featured, with Powell coming on as a substitute at half time, but it was defensive mishaps that put the match beyond the young Lions.
England were 1-0 down within 10 minutes after the England defence failed to anticipate a ball over the top. Keeper Jordan Pickford's attempt to rush out to smother the ball was in vain as the impressive German front man Samed Yesil slotted home.
Despite England looking the brighter of the two teams Germany needed little invitation for either of their first half goals as they got a second on 24 minutes; a corner in was flapped at by Pickford and despite 10 red shirts in the box, it was all too easy for Kaan Anyhan to place into the back of the net.
Nick Powell's appearance in the second half helped lift the England performance with the 17 year old helping pull the strings in the England midfield whilst Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was always a threat with his pace.
Much like the first half however, Germany didn't need the possession to create the chances as they seemed to be gifted them on a regular basis It was another defensive collapse from the England youngsters that really did end England's hopes.
10 minutes into the second half and Germany broke away following a superb save from the German keeper after a impressive Nathaniel Chalobah over head kick inside the area. Up at the other end however, Germany almost walked through the England back line to find a completely unmarked Samed Yesil six yards out to slot home his second and Germany's third.
Nick Powell helped mount a comeback with 20 minutes left on the clock, his quick turn inside the area saw him hacked down for a penalty which Portsmouth centre back Sam Magri put away.
When Hallam Hope pounced on a spilt ball inside the 6 yard area with seven minutes left, it made for a grandstand finish. England however couldn't deliver; Max Clayton & Liverpool's Jack Dunn came closest with shots from the edge of the area shaving the post but ultimately England paid the price for poor defending early in the match.
It now means the Alex's three youngsters out in Mexico, Nick Powell, Max Clayton and Ben Garratt, will all be returning home and back to Reaseheath for pre-season.
Dario has already stated that both Powell and Clayton are unlikely to be put through their paces immediately, with the pair not expected to play a part in the early games of the new season as they look to recover from a hectic schedule this summer.