What the Toulon tournament taught us about the future of England

On Sunday, for the first time in 22 years, England lifted the trophy, beating an U20 French team 2-1 in the final

The annual Toulon Tournament is a strange spectacle. Played on rough pitches in nondescript French stadiums and in front of sparse crowds, it does lack some gravitas. Coaching instructions boom from the touchline and the players can be heard calling to one another; it's an atmosphere that belongs more to an academy friendly than an international tournament.

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Seb Stafford-Bloor is a football writer at Tifo Football and member of the Football Writers' Association. He was formerly a regularly columnist for the FourFourTwo website, covering all aspects of the game, including tactical analysis, reaction pieces, longer-term trends and critiquing the increasingly shady business of football's financial side and authorities' decision-making.