The English squad who won the 2016 Toulon tournament under Gareth Southgate – archyde

Is Gareth Southgate the man who will lead England to glory this summer?

Of course he has already done all of that.

No, we’re not talking about getting the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

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Let’s go back two years and Southgate led England to the prestigious Toulon tournament.

The Toulon tournament consists of players aged U17 to U23 and is played every year with nations from all over the world.

And England won it five years ago before taking the trophy in three consecutive tournaments.

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But we want to visit the first of those victories in 2016 under Southgate.

England beat France 2-1 in the final and won all five games in the tournament.

But which 11 players started this game – and what has become of their careers since then?

Let’s look at this:

Jordan Pickford

Pickford played for Sunderland in 2016 and, now at Everton, will be England’s goalkeeper of choice at Euro 2020.

Dominic Iorfa

Iorfa was with Wolves but left the club in 2019 and now plays for Sheffield Wednesday. However, last season he suffered from serious injury problems.

Matt Targett

Targett was in Southampton in the summer of 2016 but is now a regular at Aston Villa. Without Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell, Targett might have been considered for the European Championship squad.

Nathaniel Chalobah

Chalobah didn’t quite make it at Chelsea and has been loaned out multiple times. He moved permanently to Watford and made his England debut in 2018. However, it is far from the current line-up of the Three Lions.


Calum chambers

Chambers was rated very highly back in 2016, but his career was lost in the years following relegation during loan periods at Fulham and Middlesbrough. He’s on the sidelines of Arsenal’s first team.

Kortney home

The 25-year-old has made the rare move from Wolves to Aston Villa but has only played four Premier League games for Dean Smith’s side this season.


Duncan Watmore

Watmore was one of the most exciting youngsters in the Toulon English squad but suffered from injury issues. He left Sunderland for Middlesbrough last summer while the 27-year-old was looking to reinvigorate his career.

James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse was the captain of Southgate in 2016 and has proven himself to be a high quality Premier League midfielder. He missed the cut to join England’s 26-man squad after originally serving in the 33rd division.


Ruben Loftus Wange

Loftus-Cheek is set to return to Chelsea this summer but is unlikely to see any opportunities at the European champions after a disappointing season at Fulham.

Nathan Redmond

Redmond had an outside chance to get into the English squad this summer after another good season with Southampton. The Three Lions aren’t exactly lacking in offensive talent, however, and Redmond ended up missing out.


Lewis Baker

Believe it or not, Baker is still a Chelsea player.

You won’t be surprised to hear that he spent some time at the Feeder Club Vitesse in Holland while making a number of appearances in the championship. Last season he scored just two goals in 36 games for Trabzonspor in Turkey. He was the tournament’s top scorer.


Here is a list of the full roster in 2016:

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn, Jordan Pickford.

Verteidiger: Calum Chambers, Ben Chilwell, Brendan Galloway, Kortney Hause, Dominic Iorfa, Jack Stephens, Matt Targett.

Mittelfeldspieler: Lewis Baker, Matt Grimes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Swift, James Ward-Prowse.

Stürmer: Jack Grealish, Kasey Palmer, Nathan Redmond, Duncan Watmore, Cauley Woodrow.

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