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Chelsea pair Loftus-Cheek, Baker guide England to Toulon tournament triumph

The England U21 side has won the 2016 Toulon Tournament in Southern France.

Gareth Southgate's Young Lions defeated hosts France 2-1 in Avignon on Sunday to clinch the trophy for the first time since 1994.

Chelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker did the damage early with first-half goals before France pulled one back late through Abdou Diallo.

Baker, who impressed on a season-long with Vitesse Arnhem, gave England the lead in the 8th minute with his fourth goal of the competition when he beat the offside trap to send home James Ward-Prowse's lifted ball with a looping header.

30 minutes later and England were two goals to the good thanks to Loftus-Cheek who received a pass from Baker before lifting the ball over France keeper Florian Escales.

With 12 minutes remaining, Francis Smerecki's side were back in the contest through Diallo's close range finish but it was not enough to get past Southgate's men who have now set it up for Roy Hodgson's senior side to bring home the Euro2016 title.

Baker finished the tournament as leading scorer while Loftus-Cheek was named Player of the Tournament in what was a special moment for the Chelsea pair.

Andrew Slevison
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