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29 May 2016

Redmond and England U21s go all the way

CITY winger Nathan Redmond picked up a Toulon Tournament winner's medal as England's Under-21s beat France's Under-20s 2-1 in Sunday's final in Avignon.

Redmond started and completed the 80 minutes as Gareth Southgate's youngsters edged out the hosts to win the prestigious tournament for the first time since 1994.

🎥 The #ThreeLions lift the 2016 @TournoiToulon trophy! #toulon2016

— England (@England) May 29, 2016
Having progressed through the group stages with a 100% record, England knew this would be their toughest test yet but they got off to a flying start when Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker scored after just eight minutes.

Blues teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted their second two minutes before the break, and they held on after the break to claim the cup despite Abdou Diallo pulling a goal back close to the end.

Redmond was a key player for the Young Lions throughout the tournament, scoring in their group matches against Guinea and Paraguay.

Later on Sunday, Scotland took on Italy in a friendly at the Ta'Qali Stadium in Malta, with City pair Russell Martin and Steven Naismith both in Gordon Strachan's matchday squad.

Martin played the full game while Naismith came on as a 71st-minute substitute, with a second half strike from Southampton forward Graziano Pelle settling the contest in favour of the Azzurri.

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