The first major international tournament of the summer is already underway in France. The Toulon Tournament – a competition held every year and traditionally comprising of players under the age of 20 – began on Wednesday and concludes a week on Sunday.
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Ten teams are present, including the hosts France and an England team led by former Premier League manager Aidy Boothroyd. Completing the line-up are Costa Rica, USA, Netherlands, Qatar, China, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco.
In the list below, we count down six players that are worth keeping an eye on. Including one Liverpool starlet and a couple of potential summer transfer targets. Jordon Ibe was expected to travel with the Three Lions but was eventually forced to withdraw through injury.
How many of these players would you like to see plying their trade at Anfield later this year?
Marc Pelosi (USA & Liverpool)
Born in Germany, the midfielder signed for the Reds back in November 2011. He quickly established himself with the Under-18 and reserve sides, playing regularly until an injury cut his debut season short. He then broke his leg in February 2013 as a second consecutive campaign was ended prematurely. Thankfully, he’s managed six appearance for the Under-21s this season, helping us finish second in the junior version of the Premier League.
Presnel Kimpembe (France & Paris Saint Germain)
The 19-year-old defender who can play both as a centre-back and as left-back has already had the honour of making his Ligue 1 debut – coming on as a substitute for Thiago Motta. He also featured regularly in the UEFA Youth League during the last campaign, although PSG missed out on a place in the knockout stages after finishing third in their group behind Ajax and Barcelona. Liverpool were knocked out by Benfica in the Last 16.