England XI: Pickford, Iorfa, Targett, Chalobah, Chambers, Hause, Watmore, Ward-Prowse (c), Loftus-Cheek, Redmond, Baker

80+1: Ruben Loftus-Cheek comes off, to be replaced by Jack Stephens for the final three minutes of the match.

"This win should give them confidence, both collectively and individually."

It was important to get the win because I felt we were the best side and you have to get over the line in those moments. We haven’t played as well as we did in previous matches but our game intelligence was very good.

After leading his talented crop of youngsters to the title, the 45-year-old revealed he was proud of his group. Per Wally Downes Jr. of the Sun, Southgate said:

Ruben Loftus-Cheek doubles England's lead and that is a stunning team goal! The Young Lions have just carved France in half, starting the move from the back and working their way through with ease. The ball eventually came through to Loftus-Cheek, who produced a deft chip over the body of the onrushing Escales.

71: France again attempt a lofted through-ball, but Calum Chambers sees the ball out with ease. A long goal-kick from Pickford gifts France possession, who whip the ball 60 yards forward once more.

28: France win a corner, which is swung in dangerously towards the six-yard box. Pickford comes through a crowd to punch away well, before Redmond breaks down the right. His cross from the byline drifts behind for a goal-kick.

The referee blows his final whistle, and England have beaten France 2-1 in the final of the Toulon Tournament.

Lewis Baker puts England 1-0 up, netting his fourth goal of the tournament!! The move begins with a stunning ball through from James Ward-Prowse, who finds Baker after the forward held his run. With the keeper coming off his line to collect, Baker looped a header over Escales to find the back of the net. What a start.

Goals from Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured the victory, despite a late consolation from Abdou Diallo.

0: France get us started, kicking from right to left in their traditional blue kit, while England wear their home white kit. The pitch is wet after some heavy rain in France, but not enough to cause considerable problems to the two teams.

David James, speaking on BT Sport ahead of the game, says England's tournament will be deemed a failure if they lose today, despite four impressive wins so far.

England: Pickford, Iorfa, Targett, Chalobah, Chambers, Hause, Watmore (Swift 65), Ward-Prowse (c), Loftus-Cheek (Stephens 90), Redmond, Baker.

Bleacher Report's lead football journalist, Sam Tighe, congratulated the international side for their achievements after the final whistle:

"I think we were the best team today and the best team in the tournament. But you have to get over the line," Southgate told FATV.

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54: Konate fouls Redmond - and knows exactly what he's doing - earning himself the first yellow card of this final. He took one for the team there, with the Norwich man steaming towards the France goal. James Ward-Prowse stands over it, 30 yards from goal.

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France's much-needed quick start to the second period was lacking, but they began to pick up the pace soon after. Brahim Konate danced down the left for Les Bleus before driving in a magnificent cross, but Pereira de Sa was unable to make use of the perfectly positioned assist. 

55: Ward-Prowse whips it goalwards, but it ends up a yard or two wide of the left-hand post. We've seen him score those before, but this time it doesn't trouble the goalkeeper.

The Chelsea youth produced darted away from the France back line before floating a header over towering goalkeeper Florian Escales.

James Ward-Prowse takes part in the coin toss, handing over an England pendant to his France counterpart. 

The poor weather conditions were making it difficult for either side to sustain consistent possession, with the game fragmented. 


Lewis Baker netted the opening goal of the final in the first half before Ruben Loftus-Cheek added a second before the break. France pulled a goal back late on through Abdou Diallo, but their opponents could do nothing to prevent the dominant visitors.    

Here's BT Sport's video of Ruben Loftus-Cheek's goal; a wonderful team move.

The under-21 internationals finish the cup competition with a perfect record, with manager Gareth Southgate leading his country to glory 22 years after their last success.

England Youth described the second goal of the game, which put Southgate's men in control of the tie:

.@lew_baker's delightful looping header hands @England U21s the lead against France in the #Toulon2016 final. https://t.co/LN8CVQqUHl

36: A first real save for Pickford to make, as Peireira de Sa fires in a dangerous effort at goal. There's plenty of power behind it, but it's straight at the Sunderland stopper, and he is able to hold the ball after initially taking the sting out of it with a block.

21: One man England need to watch out for is France winger Jonathan Bamba, a player identified pre-match by Gareth Southgate as a special talent. So far, Iorfa has dealt well with a player who has previously appeared in the Europa League with Saint-Etienne.

49: A mistake at the back for England sees Pickford under considerable pressure to clear, and his kick finds a France midfielder. The Young Lions regroup to win the ball back, but that was a sloppy error - the first of the day from Gareth Southgate's side.

With two minutes to play, they did just that. A low corner from the left was poorly defended by England as the ball ran through to Diallo to knee past Pickford and force a frantic last few minutes.

England win the Toulon tournament! Impressed with several individuals and also Southgate's free-flowing diamond. Well done lads!

"I thought the players were exceptional, not just today but the whole two weeks. They've been a pleasure to work with.

75: Confais exchanges passes with a team-mate down the right-hand flank, but England regain possession to clear their lines and end France's attack. They are staying tight to their men and don't look to be taking anything for granted.

brilliant. the movement coupled with penetrating one-touch passing has resulted in a second goal. Chalobah > Baker > Loftus-Cheek. 2-0 up!

Ward-Prowse stopped the flow of pressure with a curling free-kick that skimmed the top of the crossbar from 25-yards out after Redmond was caught in a central area by Konate.

24: As the rain pelts down inside the stadium, Loftus-Cheek is bundled over by two France defenders and wins a free-kick. As the ball is knocked in, Calum Chambers falls to the ground appealing for a penalty, but it seemed to be six of one and half a dozen of the other.

They are playing with a bit more savvy which we maybe haven’t had in the past. I am not lifting the trophy but it will be wonderful to watch them doing it.