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Jules and Holsgrove take bronze with Scotland in Toulon

Reading duo help overcome Czech Republic in third-place play-off

11 June 2017

Zak Jules makes his presence felt against Martin Graiciar of Czech Republic in the third-place play-off.

Zak Jules and Jordan Holsgrove helped Scotland to defeat Czech Republic in the Toulon Tournament's third-place play-off on Saturday - the first time that the Tartan Army have ever taken a medal in the competition's 45 instalments.

The pair were denied a chance to compete in the final, as eventual-winners England took the win in the semis, but they cast that disappointment aside to put in a comprehensive 3-0 win against their Czech opposition and take the bronze.

The Toulon Tournament is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA, but it widely recognised as one of the world's highest-calibre youth tournaments; fellow Royal John Swift was a winner last summer with the Young Lions.

20-year-old defender Jules spent time on loan north of the border with Motherwell in the latter half of the season; he made 10 Scottish Premiership appearances for the Well as they recorded a 9th-place finish.

Meanwhile Holsgrove, aged just 17, has been involved regularly at Under-23 level for the Royals despite still being on his Academy scholarship.

The pair have been heavily involved in Scotland's success in the south of France this summer.  Jules played the the duration in the play-off for his third appearance of the tournament, while Holsgrove was introduced as a first-half sub, keeping up his record of featuring in every game.

It was a chance to avenge defeat on the opening fixture of the competition - the Czechs had come out on top of a see-saw affair with a 3-2 win.  Their prospects didn't look good, with Brazil still to come.

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But a win against the Seleção in the second group game - their first victory at any level against the South American nation - and a victory against Indonesia ensured they would progress to the knock-out stage.

It's another big achievement for boys who have learnt their trade at Hogwood.  More young players are targetting international success this summer - John Swift takes part in England's U21 European Championships campaign later this summer, while Luke Southwood's England face Venezuela in the U20 World Cup final on Sunday.