Slattery features as Young Lions win Toulon Tournament

By SFC Media Sat 10 Jun International
Photo by Naomi Baker

Callum Slattery was a late substitute as England Under-20s won the Toulon Tournament with a 5-3 penalties victory over Ivory Coast in Aubagne.

The Southampton youngster was introduced on 83 minutes in place of Manchester United's Demetri Mitchell as the Young Lions retained their title in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Sheffield United’s David Brooks opened the scoring after 14 minutes which looked to have set the Young Lions on their way to a sixth victory from as many matches.

Brooks also earned a penalty just before the break, and although Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst couldn’t take advantage from the spot.

And with ten minutes remaining, Ivory Coast got an equaliser with a penalty of their own through Ake Arnaud Loba after Juvenal Agnero was fouled to send the game straight to penalties.

Slattery stepped up to take the fourth penalty for Neil Dewsnip's men and kept his nerve to score with his spot-kick in the shootout, which England won 5-3.

It marks the second successive year when Saints have had representatives in a Toulon Tournament win, after James Ward-Prowse, Jack Stephens, Nathan Redmond and Matt Targett were all involved in the 2016 success.