England u21’s continued their recent dominance in the Toulon international tournament, with their third successive title after defeating Mexico 2-1 in this year’s final. With English football enjoying an excellent high at all levels except senior, the country has recently showed its strength in the youth age groups with England u17 and U20’s winning their versions of the World Cup, while the U21’s has been a dominate force reaching the Semi finals of their European Championships.
With this new u21’s team containing five players that started the u20’s World cup final against Venezuela last year, alongside a mountain of Premier league experience with skipper Lewis Cook who has no less than 47 appearances in the top flight with Bournemouth just missing out on the Tournaments best player award to Mexico’s Diego Lainez.
But even with all the experience on hand, England where made to work for the victory after the competitions leading goal scorer, Mexico’s Eduardo Aguirre turned provider for Roberto Alvarado to give the Central American side an early lead. However, the lead didn’t last long as Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry capitalized on a rare goal keeping mistake to tap the ball in from close range.
The defending Champions then showed why exactly why they were fighting for a hat trick of titles as Everton’s Kieran Dowell combined with Gunners forward Eddie Nketiah to give England the lead minutes before the half time break.
With Temperatures in the South of France hitting 30 degrees, the Mexican’s upped their game in the second half, with Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman showing why he walked away with the tournaments best Goalie award as he produced an excellent save to deny Francisco Cordoba.
England could have secured the victory when Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was sent clear after some great work by Dowell, unfortunately the young forward sent his effort slightly wide as it rattled the goal post. But despite the miss, the english experience prevailed as slowed the game down where possible and controlled the ball enough to secure the victory.