Sandy MacIver saved two penalties in the shoot-out as England edged host nation France to win bronze at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.
Georgia Stanway broke the deadlock for Mo Marley’s side early in the second half of the third-place play-off in Vannes.
But Emelyne Laurent despatched a 68th-minute spot-kick to level the scores and force the shoot-out.
MacIver saved from Selma Bacha and Amelie Delabre, leaving Georgia Allen to convert the winning penalty and clinch third place at France 2019.
It is the Young Lionesses’ best-ever finish at the biennial tournament and comes just three years after the senior team won bronze in Canada.
England: 1 Sandy MacIver (Clemson University), 2 Anna Patten (Florida State University), 3 Mayumi Pacheco (Reading), 4 Mollie Rouse (University of Louisville), 5 Grace Frisk (capt; University of South Carolina), 6 Megan Finnigan (Everton), 7 Alessia Russo (University of North Carolina), 9 Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), 10 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 14 Chloe Peplow (Brighton & Hove Albion), 16 Chloe Kelly (Everton).
Substitutes: 8 Georgia Allen (Syracuse University) for Rouse 90+2, 17 Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool) for Kelly 90+2.
Substitutes not used: 11 Niamh Charles (Liverpool), 12 Ali Johnson (Unattached), 13 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), 15 Esme Morgan (Manchester City), 18 Taylor Hinds (Everton), 19 Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City), 20 Zoe Cross (University of Missouri), 21 Emily Ramsey (Manchester United).
Goals: Stanway 46
Head coach: Mo Marley