We look back on the year for Brian Eastick's side who booked their place at the World Finals in Egypt.
Brian Eastick's side qualified for the European Championship for the first time in three years, but were unfortunate not to qualify from a difficult group.
Having reached the finals with an impressive performance at the Elite Round in Belarus, Eastick took his squad to the Czech Republic with confidence.
A talented group of players including the likes of Freddie Sears, Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge played some fine football in Jablonec, but could not make it to the semi-finals.
The consolation after losing out to host nation Czech Republic and Italy is a place at the FIFA World U20 Championship which is to be held in Egypt next year.
England began the tournament against an inspired Czech side who were roared on by a vocal home support, but Eastick's players were not overawed and played some composed football.
Despite retaining the ball well and creating openings the visitors fell behind to two strikes inside ten minutes after half-time, and were up against from that moment on.
Tomáš Necid scored both goals to put the hosts in control and with two late red cards adding to England's misery it was a losing start to the tournament.
Knowing that defeat in their second game with Italy would signal the end of their tournament, England set about their task with determination and were unlucky not to win one of the more exciting goalless draws you are likely to see.
The draw left the Young Lions in limbo, knowing that a win might not be enough to reach the last four - and sadly that would prove to be the case.
With Italy overcoming Czech Republic in a seven-goal thriller elsewhere, England could not make it through but by virtue of their best performance of the tournament, and a 3-0 win over Greece, they would reach the U20 Championship next year.
Eastick's side rounded off a promising 2008 by getting through the first qualification round for the European Championship next summer. Playing Albania, Serbia and hosts Northern Ireland the Three Lions booked their place at the Elite Round which will be hosted in England and see Scotland, Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina providing the opposition.