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Loftus-Cheek best player, Baker top scorer as England win Toulon Tournament

Chelsea stars represent!

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Super Saturday's action was followed up with a slightly less Super Sunday of action, but there was time enough for one more final, down of the south coast of France, in the picturesque town of Toulon.

France U21 and a Chelsea-heavy England U21 both waltzed through the group stage with four wins from four, and the hosts were contesting their third straight final, having lost one (2014 to Lucas Piazon's Brazil) and won last year (versus Morocco).  But it was once again the terrific duo of Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who took center stage, and thanks to a first-half goal from each, England emerged 2-1 winners, winning the Toulon Tournament for the first time since 1994*.  It was yet another impressive performance from Gareth Southgate (and assistant Steve Holland)'s squad.

The boy man with his face in the camera is Lewis Baker, whose four goals were unmatched by anyone else in the tournament.  Here he is scoring England's first with a clever finish over an out-of-position goalkeeper.

Fellow Chelsea academy grad Ruben Loftus-Cheek was just one off that pace, but thanks to his overall contributions, was named the tournament's best player.  Here he is scoring England's second after Baker and Nathan Redmond had France scrambling.

Nathaniel Chalobah, whose imperious performances as a holding midfielder formed England's solid base, was named third-best player.  Fantastic to see him play so well after a largely wasted season at Napoli.

And see it through they did.  John Swift made it four Chelsea players on the pitch at the final whistle as a second-half substitute, while the fifth member of the Chelsea delegation, Kasey Palmer remained on the bench.

Well done, all!

* That 1994 squad included the likes of Sol Campbell, Ray Parlour, Trevor Sinclair, Jamie Redknapp, and Robbie Fowler.  The current squad already includes several Premier League quality players (Ward-Prowse, Redmond); hopefully the Chelsea boys can follow in all these players' footsteps.

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