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Chelsea young gun Loftus-Cheek scores England U21 brace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the show as the England U21 side defeated Paraguay 4-0 at the Toulon tournament.

The Chelsea midfielder scored a brace as Gareth Southgate's team placed one foot in the final of the U21 competition in southern France.

The opening goal came from Blues starlet Lewis Baker on 33 minutes, with the former Vitesse Arnhem loanee receiving a back pass from Loftus-Cheek to fire into the top corner.

Early in the second half, Loftus-Cheek doubled the Young Lions' advantage with a left-footed effort after outmuscling Paraguay defender Franco Benitez.

The 20-year-old grabbed a second just before the hour-mark when latching onto a ball from Sunderland's Duncan Watmore before deftly chipping Alan Vento Gomez.

The fourth goal came on 65 minutes when Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond ran at the Paraguay defence, given the time and space to unleash beyond Gomez.

The victory was England's third from three matches in Toulon which has them with one foot placed in Sunday's final in Avignon ahead of their fourth group match against Japan on Friday.

Andrew Slevison
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