England under 21s lose on penalties to Holland

Ollie Irish

21st, June 2007


England under 21s are out of the European Championship after losing 13-12 to Holland in a dramatic penalty shootout. England took the lead in the first half through Leroy Lita, before Maceo Rigters equalised with a spectacular overhead kick in the 89th minute. The tie was eventually settled after a marathon 32-penalty shootout. Anton Ferdinand was the unfortunate player who missed the deciding kick, despite having scored England’s sixth penalty earlier in the shootout.
Coach Stuart Pearce said: “I get emotional about representing my country anyway but I told the guys it was the proudest moment in terms of achievement I’ve ever had in football. They are crestfallen. They gave their lot emotionally and physically. They’ve sweated blood for the country and it was not quite good enough.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    unbelievable, was listening to it on the radio.
    we were never going to get away with it for a third time.
    saying that great performance against a very good dutch team. let’s hope they can go on and beat serbia! :)

  2. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Yet another heroic failure though. The Dutch totally deserved to win, but England did show admirable heart, particularly Steven Taylor.

  3. Serb says:

    The way you got the goal, I think that “God is very fast theese days”.