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Under-17 Lions made to pay for defensive errors.

Byline: JAMES PEARCE

ENGLAND .................... 2 GERMANY ................... 3 ENGLAND Under-17s' World Cup dream is over after they were beaten 3-2 by Germany in last night's quarter-final in Mexico.

Liverpool duo Raheem Sterling and Brad Smith, along with Everton pair John Lundstram and Hallam Hope, all started the game but defensive errors were ruthlessly punished by the favourites who raced into a 3-0 lead.

Sam Magri and Hope reduced the deficit in a gutsy fightback but England couldn't find an equaliser and bowed out.

The young Lions began in confident mood following their penalty shootout victory over Argentina in the second round and Lundstram forced a decent save from keeper Odisseas Vlachodimos after being teed up by clubmate Hope.

England fell behind against the run of play in the seventh minute. Keeper Jordan Pickford raced out of his box but was beaten to the ball by Samed Yesil, who tucked away his fourth goal of the tour nament.

Hope sent a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box but Germany always posed the greater attacking threat.

Yesil was denied by the post before the Germans doubled their tally in the 24th minute. England failed to clear a corner and Kaan Ayhan diverted the ball home.

Five minutes before the interval Reds left-back Smith went down in the box but was booking for diving and would have missed the semi-final due to suspension.

Sterling threatened on the stroke of half-time with a shot which was parried behind.

The Liverpool winger led England's charge at the start of the second half and his tempting cross was met by skipper Nathaniel Chalobah, whose stunning overhead kick was brilliantly kept out by Vlachodimos.

England were still ruing their misfortune when Germany added a third goal just seconds later. They capitalised on some wretched defending and Yesil netted from close range in the 53rd minute.

John Peacock's side looked doomed but they showed great spirit to battle their way back into the game.

Nick Powell was brought down by Nico Perrey in the box and Magri stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.

Liverpool's Jack Dunn replaced Lundstram and the Academy youngster played a big part in England's revival.

Midfielder Dunn went close from long range before Hope made it 3-2 seven minutes from time.

Nathan Redmond's shot was parried and Everton starlet Hope was on hand to tuck away the rebound for his second goal of the tour nament.

That set up a thrilling finale with Max Clayton and Dunn both going close to forcing penalties.

However, there was no way through as Germany once again celebrated victory over England.

The Liverpool trio of Adam Morgan, Tyrell Belford and Matty Regan were unused substitutes.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Jul 5, 2011
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