• England XI: Pickford, Iorfa, Targett, Chalobah, Chambers, Hause, Watmore, Ward-Prowse (c), Loftus-Cheek, Redmond, Baker
  • France XI: Escales, Fulgini, Diakhaby, Diallo, Niakhate, Confais, Kemen (c), Konate, Peireira de Sa, Bamba, Guirassy
  • England have won all four of their games at the Toulon Tournament so far
  • Opponents France have the same record as Gareth Southgate’s side 
  • England last won the tournament in 1994 – Jamie Redknapp was captain
  • Young Lions have scored 13 and conceded just one in their four games 

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5: Loftus-Cheek delivers a wonderful lofted ball across the area, but it’s knocked clear before an England head can direct the ball goalwards. In the next attack, Ward-Prowse finds Redmond, but his shot is dragged across the face of goal and just wide of the target. England already growing into this one.

2: A scrappy start to this game with neither team able to pick up the ball. Watmore wins possession on the left, breaking past two before threading a pass through to Redmond. The Norwich man can’t get there and France clear their lines.

0: France get us started, kicking from right to left in their traditional blue kit, while England wear their home white kit. The pitch is wet after some heavy rain in France, but not enough to cause considerable problems to the two teams.

James Ward-Prowse takes part in the coin toss, handing over an England pendant to his France counterpart. 

With all the pre-match procession over, it’s time for the match to start… Come on England!

David James, speaking on BT Sport ahead of the game, says England’s tournament will be deemed a failure if they lose today, despite four impressive wins so far.

And with that said, the teams are on their way out. Kick-off is just minutes away.

Earlier on at Parc de Sports, Portugal and Czech Republic faced off in the third-place play-off, with the game eventually going to penalties.

With the scores level at 1-1 after 80 minutes, Portugal went on to secure a 4-2 spot-kick victory. Over to the Three Lions now… 

Portugal celebrate victory on penalties during the Toulon Tournament third-place play-off match

Sergio Ribeiro of Portugal celebrates with the trophy after his side’s penalty win

With just 10 minutes to go until kick-off, I’ll just explain what you can expect from today’s game, because it’s a slightly different layout to senior tournaments…

Today’s match – as with all games throughout the competition – is 40 minutes each way, while there will be no extra time if the game ends a draw.

If the scores are level after 80 minutes, the teams will go straight to a penalty shootout to decide the tournament winner. How’s that for pressure?

England’s Jack Grealish arrives at the ground ahead of the final on Sunday afternoon

Kasey Palmer, who will take his place on England’s bench, was all smiles as he exited the bus

Rob Holding – the Bolton defender wanted by Arsenal – arrives at the stadium

The England dressing room prior to the arrival of the players for the Toulon Tournament final

Light rain continues to fall to add water to the overnight thunderstorm in Avignon

England coach Gareth Southgate was full of cheer as he arrived at the stadium ahead of the game, and who can blame him given his side’s performances so far.

As described below, England have scored 13 and conceded just one in their four games so far…

England U21 coach Gareth Southgate looked in high spirits upon arrival at the stadium

So, as you may well be aware, there are no knockout stages in the Toulon Tournament… if you finish top of your group, you reach the final.

England U21s were drawn in Group B alongside Portugal U20s, Guinea U23s, Paraguay U23s and Japan U23s.

Here’s how they got on:

19 May – England U21 1-0 Portugal U20

23 May – England U21 7-1 Guinea U23

25 May – Paraguay U23 0-4 England U21

27 May – Japan U23 0-1 England U21

And here’s the France line-up this afternoon…

France XI: Escales, Fulgini, Diakhaby, Diallo, Niakhate, Confais, Kemen (c), Konate, Peireira de Sa, Bamba, Guirassy

Here’s Gareth Southgate’s team for the final, which kicks off in 25 minutes’ time…

England XI: Pickford, Iorfa, Targett, Chalobah, Chambers, Hause, Watmore, Ward-Prowse (c), Loftus-Cheek, Redmond, Baker

Subs: Woodrow, Gunn, Grealish, Stephens, Grimes, Swift, Holding, Palmer

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail‘s live coverage of the 2016 Toulon Tournament final… and of course, it’s not just any old game.

ENGLAND have reached the latter stages for the first time since 1994, and they face France aiming to win the prestigious trophy in Avignon.

Stay tuned for the teams…

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After a near-perfect start to the Toulon Tournament, England’s Under 21s have reached the final for the first time in 22 years.

They face a France U20 side who have also taken four wins from four in their group, with the showdown set to be a tight affair in Avignon.

The last time England triumphed in the prestigious tournament was 1994, when goals from Trevor Sinclair and Bruce Dyer helped a team including Sol Campbell and Jamie Redknapp to victory.

Join Sportsmail‘s BEN NAGLE for all the action as it happens.  

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