England suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 penalty shootout loss to Germany, which saw them crash out of the European Championships at the semi-final stage on Tuesday.
The match ended 2-2 after 120 minutes of play.
England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd told Sky Sports: "You've got to say congratulations to your opponent tonight.
"We gave our all, we did whatever we could. There was times in the game where, even though I felt they went ahead against the run of play, they came back into it and gave us a lot of problems.
"We had our backs against the walls at times but we showed real character and determination and we then went ahead and we showed what we are all about."