Saints and Fulham players feature in England's top three Toulon performers

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England came fourth in the recent Toulon tournament, but several players managed to stand out for Gareth Southgate's young side.


England came fourth in the Toulon tournament that finished earlier this week, losing the third place playoff game against Portugal on the same day as Brazil, the only other side to beat Gareth Southgate's men over the 12 days, smashed France 5-2 in the final to defend their title. 

Don't let that fourth spot deceive you, England won just one game, against Qatar, and there will be plenty of questions for Southgate and co to ponder with the tournament concluded.

It was England's first appearance at Toulon since 2005, though they do have history in the youth competition, winning it 4 times in 5 years at the start of the 90s, making them the third most successful team to have ever competed after France and Brazil.

Below we put forward three of England's best players from the tournament.

James Ward-Prowse 

The team captain and Southampton star was recognised by those at the competition, winning best goal for his stunning free kick against Brazil in England's 2-1 loss and also winning third best player overall. Ward-Prowse has had a great season at Southampton, making a massive 39 appearances under the departed Mauricio Pochettino. There was no other player with his Premier League experience, and he displayed it with several classy performances. May find himself an even more integral player to the Saints next year, and it could even push for full England recognition by the end of the coming season.

Cauley Woodrow

The young striker was brought into Fulham's struggling side at the end of the season, and responded with some decent displays and a goal in the London derby with Crystal Palace on the last day of the season. Woodrow netted early goals against both South Korea and Colombia, ensuring he finished the tournament as England's top scorer having started as a substitute in the first two matches. Is likely to get a lot more football in the Championship next year, and looks a real prospect.

Jake Forster-Caskey

Former Tottenham player Darren Caskey's son, Jake Forster-Caskey has long been regarded as a player with real promise. In Toulon, he featured in every game, hitting a sweetly struck goal against Qatar, and showing plenty of other moments of attacking threat throughout the tournament. The midfielder rejected offers from Premier League sides to sign with Brighton, and went on to make his debut having only just turned 16. This year, as the Seagulls failed at the playoff semifinal stage, has been Forster-Caskey's most involved and most impressive, making his England Under-21 debut and 33 appliances for Brighton.

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