England’s women were beaten 2-1 by Germany in front of a record-breaking 77,768 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Captain Alexandra Popp headed in the opening goal of the game after just nine minutes when she rose to loop home from Sandra Starke’s cross.

England found themselves on the front foot several times as the first half went on as Nikita Parris made numerous runs into the box but failed to pick out white shirts.

Arsenal forward Beth Mead then won a penalty after being brought down by keeper Merle Frohms, but Parris’ spot kick was saved by the legs of the 24-year-old shot stopper.

A minute before the break England striker Ellen White did find the back of the net, firing in to draw the host’s level with a close-range strike from Keira Walsh’s delicate ball in.

However, the away side remained dangerous going forward, creating a number of opportunities that were nullified by the superbly composed Lucy Bronze.

In the final stages of the game Germany desperately tried to find gaps in the box as England defended resolutely.

But in the last minute of normal time Germany’s Klara Buhl found a yard of space on the left-hand side of the penalty area and rifled  brilliantly past Mary Earps.

The defeat means Phil Neville’s side have won just once in seven games since their quarter-final victory over Norway at the World Cup in July.