Chelsea talents guide England Under-21’s to prestigious tournament win [Video’s]

England’s Under-21 team has won the Toulon Tournament for the first time since 1994 after beating hosts France 2-1 in the final on Sunday, according to Goal.

Chelsea talents Lewis Baker (8th minute) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (38th minute) scored for Gareth Southgates squad, who held on after Abdou Diallo scored for Les Bleus with ten minutes left to play.

Baker won the tournament’s Golden Boot, scoring four of the Three Lions’ 15 goals, while England only conceded two goals in five games. Loftus-Cheeck was named the Player of the Tournament as England won all five fictures, also defeating Portugal (1-0), Paraguay (4-0), Guinea (7-1) and Japan (1-0) on their way to the final against France.

The 20-year-old became the first Englishman to win the prize since Alan Shearer won it in 1991, with the likes of Jamie Redknapp and Sol Campbell winning the tournament three years later, England’s last win in Toulon before they did it again this year.

Meanwhile Thierry Henry, Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez have all gone onto enjoy illustrious careers after winning the Player of the Toulon Tournament award, while other winners include Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro, David Ginola and Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco.

 

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