Pictures: Steve Brading

MISERABLE conditions failed to deter a bumper crowd from turning out and roaring on England’s Young Lions at Colchester.

Paul Simpson’s under-20 side hosted Germany at a sell-out JobServe Community Stadium.

And despite swirling rain on a chilly evening, supporters enjoyed a carnival atmosphere and entertaining contest.

Although second best in the first half, England stepped up a gear after the break and scored twice in quick succession through Joe Willock and substitute Lukas Nmecha.

It was so nearly three when Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah beat two men but saw his effort clatter back off the German bar.