Really, the story writes itself, but if you just wanted to fill in the facts, here is a quick MadLib for you!
If anyone has done this before, I apologize in advance. It is not my intention to plagiarize someone's original work. Also, I am open to editing this for use in future tournaments. Enjoy!
ENGLAND LOSES IN (INSERT STAGE OF TOURNAMENT) ON PENALTIES
After a solid group stage effort, England once again were done in by the spot.
(England Captain) and the Three Lions competed dutifully in a (score) draw against (Winning team), but fell (shootout score) in penalties, falling in the knockout stages of (name of tournament).
"I’m proud of the lads, but it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t win it on the field," (England Manager) said. "We had our chances in the second half and almost nicked one there at the end, but we just got unlucky in the shootout."
(England Striker) had a (minute he hit the post) minute effort that struck the woodwork, and (winning keeper) came up big with a save on (England midfielder)’s long distance strike and made a huge save on (England Player)’s spot kick in the shootout, allowing (Winning Player) to stroke the winning shot to send (winning country) on to the (next stage of tournament) to face (Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Argentina-it’s almost always one of these four).
After speculation of changes, (Manager)’s lineup remained unchanged from the 1-0 victory over (insert country). However (midfielder) sustained an injury in the (minute) minute, causing out of favor (introduced midfielder) to come on and seem lost on the pitch for his first few minutes, allowing (dynamic opposing midfielder) to make an impact and force (England keeper who stood on his head until PKs) into a crucial save.
In the shootout, England had a brief lead after (shooter who gave England the lead) coolly slotted home after (Winning player) sent his shot wide, but (England shooter who hit the post/crossbar)’s shot rang off the bar and (winning keeper) made the matchwinning save to send his side through.
*NOTE: Next paragraphs only apply if goals scored in the game*
(First goal scorer) got the scoring started in the (minute) with a scything run to score on a (scoring method /from crossing player) to give (Country) a 1-0 lead. However, the lead would not last.
(Next goal scorer) leveled the proceedings with a (scoring method /from crossing player) (before/after) half-time, pulling the (insert country nickname) even, and the score remained this way through the rest of open play.