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Chelsea pair Baker, Loftus-Cheek combine to give England U21s opening Toulon win

The England U21 team opened their account in their first fixture of the 2016 Toulon Tournament.

Gareth Southgate's Young Lions defeated Portugal 1-0 in their first Group B outing of the esteemed tournament, held at the Stade Leo Lagrange in south eastern France.

The only goal of the contest came in the 59th minute when Chelsea youngsters Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek combined.

Midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who broke through in the Blues first team this season, supplied Baker with a cut-back which allowed the former Vitesse Arnhem loanee to finish from close range.

The likes of Jordan Pickford, Calum Chambers, Ben Chilwell, Nathaniel Chalobah, James Ward-Prowse, Loftus-Cheek, Baker and Duncan Watmore all started in Southgate's XI while Nathan Redmond, Jack Grealish and Matt Grimes came off the bench.

England will next meet Guinea in their second Group B fixture on Monday, May 23.

Andrew Slevison
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