England u21s won the Toulon tournament for the third consecutive year after coming from behind against Mexico in the final. Gareth Southgate won the tournament in 2016, Neil Dewsnip repeated the feat in 2017 and now Aidy Bothroyd has continued the tradition. It didn’t come easy, however.
The Young Lions went behind inside of two minutes in Martiges, with Roberto Alvarado converting a cross from Eduardo Aguirre. Aidy Bothroyd’s fought back in the first-half, however, scoring twice before the break from Dael Fry and Kieran Dowell to turn the game on its head.
After England’s success, Bothroyd said: “To win it three times in a row is really good feeling. We’re preparing the team for Euro 2019 and we still have to qualify, with difficult games to come, but we’ve really enjoyed the tournament here. It’s been really good for us and a brilliant experience for our younger players.”
England booked their place in the final after finishing second in Group A on seven points from three games, winning their opener 2-1 against China, drawing 0-0 with Mexico and thrashing Qatar u19s 4-0. In the semi-finals, England beat Scotland 3-1 to set up their final with Mexico who beat Turkey by the same scoreline.
And despite their early setback, they managed to come away with a win for the third year on the bounce, having beaten Ivory Coast (1-1) on penalties in the 2017 final and France u20s (2-1) in the 2016 iteration.