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WALTON IN ENGLAND U20 SQUAD

22 May 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Christian Walton will represent England under-20s at the 2015 Toulon Tournament.

The 43rd edition of the competition begins on 27th May and ends on 7th June, with the Three Lions looking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish.

Walton told seagulls.co.uk, “It is a pretty prestigious tournament at this age group so I am really excited to be involved.

“You want to test yourself against the best young players in the world and prove your own quality, but you also want to be able to say you have won something for your country, so we are all going there looking to win it.

“Not many players can say they have played at an international tournament so I know what a huge opportunity this is and I just cannot wait to get started.

“Jake [Forster-Caskey] played in last year’s tournament and he said it was an amazing experience and that he learnt a lot from it.

“It is good to have another player at the club that has experienced it and can hand down some advice.

“He didn’t quite make the final last year as Brazil were very strong, but they are not here this year and we go in confident of winning our group and putting ourselves into the final.”

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The tournament has proven to be a breeding ground for future stars with players such as Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Rui Costa, Javier Mascherano and James Rodriguez all claiming the Player of the Tournament award over the years.

The competition itself is made up of 10 teams split into two groups of five. The teams that finish top of their respective groups will meet in the final while the second placed sides will meet in a third-place play-off.

England have China, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco in their group, while the other group is made up of France, Holland, Costa Rica, Qatar and the USA. England’s opening game is with Morocco on Thursday 28th May.

England last won the tournament in 1994, completing an impressive spell for the Three Lions at the competition where they came away winners in four years (1990, 1991, 1993 & 1994) out of five.


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