Chelsea quartet Fikayo Tomori, Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva and Tammy Abraham all featured for England Under-21s as they defeated Mexico Under-21s 2-1 in the final of the Toulon Tournament to lift the trophy for a third consecutive year.
Clarke-Salter, Dasilva and Abraham all played from the start in France while Tomori came on as a late substitute for Aidy Boothroyd’s men.
The Young Lions got off to a disastrous start when Mexico took the lead after just two minutes. Eduardo Aguirre put a ball into the box and Roberto Alvarado was on hand to turn the ball into the net.
Mexico looked the better side during the first half hour and Freddie Woodman had to be alert to palm a Francisco Cordova effort to safety.
England got back into the match in the 32nd minute when Clarke-Salter’s throw evaded Mexican keeper Jose Hernandez and Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry tapped the ball into the net from close range. It got even better for The Young Lions four minutes later when Eddie Nketiah pulled the ball back for Kieran Dowell to score.
The second half saw Blues striker Abraham fire a shot against the post when it looked easier to score but it didn’t matter with Boothroyd’s men holding out for a 2-1 win.
In the Third Place Play-Off, a Scotland Under-21 side lost 5-3 on penalties after drawing 0-0 with Turkey Under-21s. Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour came off the bench to net one of Scotland’s penalty kicks as they ended the tournament in fourth position.