England U21s: What happened to the players from last Young Lions team to reach a European Championship final in 2009?

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The England Under-21s stormed into the European Championship final with a 3-0 semi-final win against Israel on Wednesday, maintaining their 100 percent record in the process. The Young Lions haven't won the tournament since way back in 1984, but will clinch the trophy for a third time if they beat Spain in the final at Adjarabet Arena in Georgia on Saturday.

Confidence is high in Carsley's camp, with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Morgan Gibbs-White, Anthony Gordon, Cole Palmer, Angel Gomes and Levi Colwill all performing to a very high level, but they must make sure that complacency doesn't set in. England enjoyed a similarly impressive run to the final back in 2009, only to capitulate against a supremely talented Germany outfit.

A brace from Sandro Wagner and goals from Gonzalo Castro and Mesut Ozil sealed a comprehensive 4-0 win for Germany at Malmo New Stadium. Former Arsenal and Real Madrid playmaker Ozil introduced himself to English audiences with a superb all-round display in the middle of the park as the Young Lions were given a harsh lesson on the big stage.

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Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Sami Khedira would go on to form the core of Germany's senior squad in their successful 2014 World Cup campaign under Joachim Low some five years later. But few of England's main stars ever got close to the same heights.

So what exactly happened to the England players that featured against Germany in the 2009 final? GOAL takes a look...