The England U21s beat Mexico U21s 2-1 yesterday in the final of the Toulon Tournament. While Mexico dominated much of the first half, a baffling mistake by the Mexico keeper allowed England to snatch a goal late in the first half. The goal seemed to take the wind out of the sails of Mexico, and England soon found a second goal as Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell was unmarked at the top of the box and made no mistake after some good work down the wing by Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
That would be all England would need to defend their title to give them three straight titles at the U21 Tournament in France that is held every summer. While all of the attention will be paid to the World Cup for the next few weeks, tournaments like these truly do feature the stars of tomorrow.
Ronaldo Vieira started the match for England, but was subbed off in the second half. Tom Pearce had played in two matches during the group stage as well.
Oh, and an old friend, Lewis Cook, was the captain.
Hopefully the experience will serve them well for next year.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Quality, not quantity, will be the key for this summer’s recruitment. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
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World Football Links
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