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England book spot in Toulon 2016 final with another win, another clean sheet, another goal for Lewis Baker

Japan U21 0-1 England U21

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Having won their previous three group games, England U21 were all but assured of a spot in Sunday's final before today's kick-off against Japan.  A draw would've been enough, and even a loss would not have been disasterous given the massive lead in goal difference over second place Portugal, but England didn't leave anything to chance and made it four wins from four to complete a perfect group stage at the 2016 Toulon Tournament.

Gareth Southgate once again rotated his squad, but Lewis Baker did keep his spot from Wednesday's comprehensive win over Paraguay.  And it was the Chelsea youngster who scored the game's only goal, just a quarter hour in, making no mistake from 12 yards after fellow Chelsea prospect John Swift had won the penalty (second times he's done that in the tournament!).  Baker now has three goals in three games and is joint-leading scorer.  With a view towards Sunday's final, Baker was taken off at half-time and replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Swift and Kasey Palmer completed a Chelsea trio in the starting lineup; Nathaniel Chalobah did not play in this one.  He's sure to return for the final on Sunday against equally unbeaten hosts, France.

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