Jack Butland was the hero of the England Under-21s in the European Championship final against Spain this evening, saving two penalties in the shootout after a 0-0 draw. After 120 minutes of end-to-end action, with England restricting the Spanish forwards to long-range efforts, it went down to the battle of wits and wills from 12 yards.
Rodrigo stepped up first, and his penalty was saved fantastically by a full-stretch Butland to give England the advantage against the holders and favourites. England scored their next three penalties, and after Butland pushed away Jose Compaña’s tame strike, it was left to Gary Madine to seal it from the spot…
England’s Wilfried Zaha won the tournament’s golden boot with 5 goals, while Thiago of Spain won the player of the tournament award. Goal of the tournament went to Germany’s Niclas Füllkrug for his equaliser in the semi-final defeat to Spain.
The tournament’s Best XI was chosen, featuring six of the English side, including all four first-choice defenders. Dortmund’s Mario Götze was named amongst the substitutes (ave. 7.42).