Toulon Event: England U21s safe third successive title with 2-1 win over Mexico
England Beneath-21s got here from behind to beat Mexico and win their third straight Toulon Event in France.
The Younger Lions trailed to Roberto Alvarado’s early objective however levelled when Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry took benefit of a goalkeeping mistake to poke residence from shut vary.
Everton’s Kieran Dowell put them forward simply earlier than half-time after he was set-up by Arsenal ahead Eddie Nketiah.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham hit the put up as Aidy Boothroyd’s facet clung on to win.
It’s extra optimistic proof of England’s power within the age teams under the senior group after additionally they received the Beneath-20 and Beneath-17 World Cups final yr.
5 of the gamers concerned towards Mexico began for Paul Simpson’s facet once they beat Venezuela 1-Zero in South Korea simply in need of a yr in the past.
They rode their luck towards in temperatures approaching 30C towards a facet Boothroyd had warned can be “full of life”.
Mexico have been a relentless menace through the event’s prime goalscorer Eduardo Aguirre, who created his facet’s opener, and Francisco Cordoba pressured a robust save from Freddie Woodman with a robust drive after half an hour.
However England had loads of gamers with Premier League expertise and used that to decelerate the sport after the break, taking their time over free-kicks and throws as their opponents fought for a means again.
It could have been a calmer finale had Abraham performed higher with the objective at his mercy after run by Dowell.
As an alternative the reigning champions needed to proceed defending within the 4 minutes of added time, as Leicester Metropolis’s Hamza Choudhury got here on to assist them see the sport out.
Skipper Lewis Cook dinner, who has made 47 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth, was named the event’s second greatest participant, whereas Newcastle’s Woodman received greatest goalkeeper.
The very best participant award went to Mexico’s Diego Lainez on his 18th birthday.
Scotland, who England beat of their semi-final, missed out on clinching third spot in event after losing to Turkey 5-3 on penalties.