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England will defend their title at the Maurice Revello Tournament in Toulon this June

Friday 08 Mar 2019
England captain Lewis Cook lifts the Maurice Revello trophy at last year's tournament

England will return to defend their title at the Maurice Revello Tournament in France this summer.

After winning England’s third successive title last year with Aidy Boothroyd’s squad lifting the trophy in Toulon, it will be Paul Simpson’s U20s squad who make the trip to Provence in 2019.

And if England can win the competition once again, the Young Lions will make history as they will become the second side to claim the title four years in a row in the tournament’s 47-year history, matching France between 2004 and 2007.

This season’s competition will take place at a number of venues in Provence between 1 and 15 June, with 12 nations competing for the prestigious title.

Other teams already confirmed alongside England include France, Republic of Ireland, Mexico, Qatar, Guatemala, Chile, Portugal, Japan and China with two more nations to be added.

The draw, which takes place on 3 April, will see the nations in three four-team groups with the top team of each group advancing to the semi-finals as well the best second-placed team of the group stage.

The England squad of 2016 who kick-started our recent run of success at the famous tournament in Toulon

The other sides will also play a fourth game to decide their final ranking.

Another update from previous years sees games played in two 45-minute halves, having previously been 80-minute games.

The age range for the 2019 edition is players born on or after 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2001.

The trip to Toulon has become an annual fixture for the Young Lions since the U21s travelled to Provence in 2014 under Gareth Southgate.

And recent years has seen some success in southern France, with England winning the title three times in a row starting in 2016 under Southgate and then the following year under Neil Dewsnip.

By Nicholas Veevers