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Mixed fortunes for Olise and Loader in Toulon Tournament

Young Royals kick off in prestigious competition

3 June 2019

Two of our Academy graduates got underway in the Toulon Tournament over the weekend, with a positive start for Michael Olise and France's Under-18s.

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Olise, 17, made his debut for Les Bleuets from the start on Sunday, playing 89 minutes as France overcame Qatar's Under-23 side with a well-earned 2-0 victory at the weekend.

Yann Godart opened the scoring with a fine finish before half-time, bringing the ball down with his chest before volleying into the bottom corner.

Olise, given the number 11 shirt by France, was withdrawn just before second-half stoppage time, but the hosts would add to their lead as Adil Taoui confidently despatched a penalty at the death to give France the perfect start in the group stages.

As for Danny Loader and an England U20 side that has drawn from a mixture of age groups for their squad, he was introduced as a late substitute as the Young Lions fell to a 2-1 defeat against Japan's Under-22s in their group opener.

Skipper Trevoh Chalobah had put Paul Simpson's side in front during the first half, but their opponents turned the match on its head by striking twice in the second period.

Loader and former Reading loanee, Josh Sims were both brought on to try and turn the tide of the match, but it wasn't enough and England will look to bounce back against Portugal on Tuesday evening.

Fellow young Royal, Josh Barrett gets his campaign in Toulon started against China's Under-22s on Monday, kicking off at 2.30pm.

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