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International football has its fair share of prestigious tournaments; the World Cup, European Championships, and even the Copa America turn football into a worldwide spectacle every four (or five) years.
But none can claim to be the breeding ground of the stars like the Toulon Tournament – officially known as the Tournoi Maurice Revello – can.
Over the years, players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have graced Southern France in their career infancies.
And, in 2016, England – under Gareth Southgate – claimed its first in a 'three-peat' on triumphs – and, now, Daily Star Sport is looking at where the starting XI who clinched victory in the final are playing currently…
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was still a Sunderland player at the time of the 2016 Toulon Tournament, however, the Tyneside native was only two years away a starting berth for England at the 2018 World Cup.
He was England’s No.1 at the competition, keeping three clean sheets and conceding just two goals.
He is now England’s first-choice senior keeper too, although he is under constant scrutiny following a disappointing campaign, and he has over 100 Premier League appearances to his name for club side Everton.
Former Wolves defender Dominic Iorfa currently plays his football for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, and he is currently recovering from an achilles injury which ruled him out of the majority of last campaign.
The centre-back – who can also play at right-back – was part of Southgate’s 2016 Toulon Tournament-winning squad, but failed to kick on at Wolves after a season as a regular in the Championship.
He left initially on loan to Ipswich Town as Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League, before leaving the club permanently in 2019 for the Owls.
Aston Villa full-back Matt Targett, like Iorfa, has switched clubs since winning the Toulon Tournament.
Targett spent his youth career on the South Coast at Southampton, and he broke into the side at 19 and had a string of Premier League games under his belt before appearing at the tournament that summer.
Falling out of favour at St Mary’s Stadium, Targett joined Fulham on loan in 2017-18, but he has since moved up North, joining up with Aston Villa in 2019, and he has kicked on to become an integral part of Dean Smith's side.
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Nathaniel Chalobah graduated from Chelsea's impressive academy, however, like many graduates of the Blues, he was loaned out numerous times.
Chalobah has played for Watford, Middlesbrough, and even Napoli, but ended the cycle of becoming a habitual Chelsea loanee in 2017.
He returned to Vicarage Road permanently, where he became a regular, and he won his first senior England cap in 2018. However, since then he has struggled with injuries and a return to form, seeing him fall down the pecking order.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was one of the most highly-rated members of the 2016 Toulon Tournament group.
He had signed for Arsenal in 2014 and had extensive experience at U19 and U21 level for England, and Chambers even had senior appearances under his belt – after a brief spell as part of Hodgson set-up in 2014.
Chambers has failed to nail down a starting spot at Arsenal, being loaned out to Middlesbrough and Fulham over the past couple of seasons; he was relegated from the Premier League with both sides.
Ex-Wycombe Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kortney Hause is one of the lesser-known figures of the 2016 triumph.
Hause spent five seasons at Wolves but in similar fashion to Iorfa, was moved on as the team grew into a top-half Premier League outfit. He has since moved to Aston Villa following a successful loan spell where he remains a rotational member of Dean Smith’s squad.
He has since released a charity single for the NHS's efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pickford’s Sunderland teammate Duncan Watmore was one of England’s more exciting youngsters in 2016, and hopes were high for the tricky winger, however, things haven't panned out the way he – or Sunderland fans – would have hoped.
Watmore had broken into the Sunderland team the season preceding the summer’s tournament, scoring a handful of goals.
Watmore – who is now 27-years-old – left Sunderland last summer to join Middlesbrough and he has rediscovered some form, and he found the net nine times last campaign.
Famed for his set-piece ability and goalscoring from range, James Ward-Prowse was Southgate’s captain for the 2016 Toulon Tournament.
The midfielder was at the heart of the team, and displayed the same raw skills that he has refined on the South Coast in recent years.
Ward-Prowse was a Premier League regular for Southampton in 2016 and has maintained his status as one of the Saints’ most reliable players, and he can count himself very unlucky to miss out on the Euros squad this summer.
Perhaps the most high-profile of the England U21s who won the 2016 edition of the Tournoi Toulon is Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Much was expected of the 20-year-old at that competition, and he duly delivered with dominant midfield performances and three goals, including one in the final.
Loftus-Cheek spent time on loan at Crystal Palace and Fulham as he has drifted from the consciousness of football fans, however, Thomas Tuchel could hand him a lifeline when he returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.
There was a healthy contingent of Southampton players in England’s squad at this tournament, but Nathan Redmond was not one of those yet.
Redmond joined the Saints in 2016 following his displays at the tournament and an impressive campaign with relegated Norwich City.
Between 2013 and 2017, Redmond made 38 appearances for England’s U21 side but has only one senior cap to his name. He has since been a regular at Southampton for the last four seasons, scoring 17 goals in the same period.
Tournament top scorer and tipped for big things, Lewis Baker is the player who has failed to live up to his billing the most since England’s win.
Now 26-years-old, Baker has experienced a journeyman career – all while still being on the books at Chelsea.
Baker has played in the Netherlands, Germany, and England; he spent last season at on loan at Trabzonspor, in Turkey, and he scored twice in 34 appearances as he attempted to fill the large boots of Alexander Sorloth.
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