Dowell Winner Secures Toulon Title For England

Kieran Dowell struck the winner as the Blues midfielder and Everton teammates Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny helped England Under-21s come from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 in the final of the Toulon Tournament.

The young Lions had fallen behind early but responded in four first-half minutes to claim the title on Saturday afternoon.

Everton Academy graduates Kenny, Connolly and Dowell were all handed starts by coach Aidy Boothroyd. Kenny slotted into the right of the back three, with Connolly deployed outside him at wing-back and Dowell operating behind a front two of Tammy Abraham and Eddie Nketiah.

The young Lions fell behind as early as the second minutes, with Mexico’s Roberto Alvarado breaking the deadlock. But Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry tapped in the leveller half an hour later.

And England completed the turnaround four minutes later. Arsenal striker Nketiah burst free down the flank, cut the ball back and there was Everton’s Dowell to side-foot home from 12 yards.

Dowell fizzed an effort narrowly off target late on but it was the young Blues midfielder who had struck the decisive goal, meaning England lifted their third consecutive Toulon Tournament title. 

Everton's Tom Davies was also part of the triumphant England Under-21 squad and, for Kenny, Dowell and Connolly, it's their second international title in the space of 12 months after the trio helped the young Lions win the U20 World Cup in South Korea last summer alongside fellow Toffees Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman.

Elsewhere, there was penalty shootout defeat for Fraser Hornby as Scotland were edged out on spot-kicks by Turkey in the third-place play-off match.


Meanwhile, young left-back Antonee Robinson earned his second cap for the USMNT as he played 82 minutes of their 1-1 draw with World Cup-bound France. 

The US went in front during the first half when Julian Green opened the scoring, but Kylian Mbappe levelled with 12 minutes remaining.

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