French youngsters ready for Toulon test

Yesterday saw the start of the Toulon tournament, an excellent competition showcasing some of the best young teams around the world. Every year eight teams travel to the south of France to compete in this prestigous event.

France, the hosts, kick off their campaign tonight against Belarus in Aubange. They will then play Mexico in OGC Nice’s Stade du Ray on Saturday and then on Monday they play Morocco in La Seyne-sur-Mer. France are in Group B and will hope to continue their great record in the tournament, having won it 11 times and come runners-up 12 times. In Group A the strongest teams look like Turkey and the Netherlands. Last year France lost in the final to Portugal on penalties.

The former PSG and Rennes manager Philippe Bergeroo is in charge for this tournament, and here are the 20 players selected for France.


#1 Zacharie Boucher (Le Havre)

#2 Lionel Carole (Sedan)

#3 Thimothée Kolodziejczak (Lyon)

#4 Loick Landre (Clermont)

#5 Lindsay Rose (Stade Lavallois)

#6 Gueida Fofana (Lyon)

#7 Yannick Aguemon (Toulouse)

#8 Alexandre Coeff (RC Lens)

#9 Anthony Derouard (Le Mans)

#10 Terence Makengo (Monaco)

#11 Adrien Trebel (Nantes)

#12 Djibril Sidibe (Troyes)

#13 Florian Pintaux (Monaco)

#14 Arnaud Souquet (Paris FC)

#15 Nampalys Mendy (Monaco)

#16 Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes)

#17 Rémi Mulumba (Lorient)

#18 Neeskens Kebano (PSG)

#19 Valere Germain (Monaco)

#20 Nicolas De Preville (Istres)

Some stand-out names there including Fofana, Mendy and Kebano, the great thing about this tournament is seeing players breakthrough and make a name for themselves, the now U21 international Steeven Joseph-Monrose was excellent in last year’s tournament. It will be interesting to see who impresses this year.

We’ll return at the end of the tournament to let you know of any stand out performers. For now it’s time just to enjoy the festival.

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