Tuesday, April 26, 2011
England's Under 16's regained the Montaigu Tournament title after beating France 5-4 on penalties in the final, which took place in the Stade Maxime Bossis stadium in Montaigu (west central France).
The Montaigu Tournament (In French: Tournoi de Montaigu) is an international association football competition that is contested by under-16 national teams.
The tournament was founded in 1973 by Dutchman André Van Den Brink who was the president of FC Montaigu, a French amateur football team. The tournament is also known as "Mondial Minimes".
This year's England team went one better than last years crop of Under-16 internationals, who lost in the final to Portugal in this annual competition, allowing captain Ryan Inniss to lift the Montaigu trophy.
Kenny Swain's side reached the final by topping their four-team group with seven points. They beat Uruguay 5-0 and the United Arab Emirates 3-2, before a goalless draw against Guinea on Saturday.
This win over France was the fourth time England have won the tournament, and rounds off a successful campaign for the England U16 team, who last month also lifted the Victory Shield for the tenth straight year. Next up for these Young Lions is the Nordic Tournament during the close season.
The England Team that beat France to win the Montaigu Tournament:
George Willis - Sheff Utd (GK)
Ryan Inniss - Crystal Palace (captain and pictured right)
Fankaty Dabo - Chelsea (off 80')
Luke Shaw - Southampton (off 69')
Jordan Graham - Aston Villa
Joe Rothwell - Man Utd (off 39')
Diego Poyet - Charlton
Jordan Houghton - Chelsea
Reece Mitchell - Chelsea (off 41')
Kieran Wallace - Nottm Forest
Devante Cole - Man City (off 54')
David Moli - Liverpool (on 41')
Callum Robinson - Aston Villa (on 54')
Ben Pearson - Man Utd
George Cole - Chelsea (on 39')
Jack Rose - West Brom (GK)
Max Clark - Hull (on 69')
Lawrence Gorman - Nottm Forest (on 80')
Manager: Kenny Swain