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England collapses against Germany at Wembley in front of record home crowd for women's team

  • England's Eniola Aluke, below, fights for the ball with Germany's Lena Goebling, left, Simone Laudehr, second left, and Josephine Henning during the International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Egerton, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

    England's Eniola Aluke, below, fights for the ball with Germany's Lena Goebling, left, Simone Laudehr, second left, and Josephine Henning during the International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Egerton, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • England's Toni Duggan and Germany's Lena Goeduring, left, in action during their International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014.  (AP Photo / Mike Egerton, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    England's Toni Duggan and Germany's Lena Goeduring, left, in action during their International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo / Mike Egerton, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • England's Karen Carney and Germany's Celia Sasic, right, battle for the ball during the International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Egerton, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

    England's Karen Carney and Germany's Celia Sasic, right, battle for the ball during the International Friendly women's soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Egerton, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

The first England women's game at the new Wembley Stadium was spoiled by Germany, with the European champions sweeping to a 3-0 victory in the landmark friendly on Sunday.

Building on a steady but growing interest in women's sport here after the 2012 London Olympics, all 55,000 tickets were sold, although around 10,000 fans didn't turn up amid bad weather and local transport closures.

It was still a record attendance for an England women's team on home soil. But the players' performance didn't live up to the occasion.

Just like in their previous 19 meetings, England failed to beat Germany.

Alex Scott scored an own goal after six minutes, and Okoyino da Mbabi scored twice before halftime to show why the Germans are among next year's World Cup favorites.