It was an unfortunate start to 2009 for the Young Lions as they lost against an impressive Spain side.
Brian Eastick's side kick-off a big 2009 with a February friendly against Spain at Dean Court.
A busy year is in store for England, who have a World Cup and Euro qualification to look forward to.
We look back on the year for Brian Eastick's side who booked their place at the World Finals in Egypt.
The Young Lions will face something of an international derby in their European Championship Elite Round.
The Young Lions have been boosted by the news that their Elite Round group will be hosted in England.
The Elite Round draw is on Thursday and Brian Eastick reveals England's ambition to host the games.
Head Coach Brian Eastick was delighted with his team's defensive discipline against Germany.
Gavin Hoyte believes playing top teams such as Germany can help put the Young Lions amongst the elite.
Henri Lansbury was the goal hero as The Three Lions held on to beat Germany 1-0 in Colchester.
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