Boothroyd believes England’s Toulon stars can play in the Premier League
England are hunting a third straight Toulon Tournament trophy.
England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd believes the Young Lions’ Toulon heroics can give them a Premier League breakthrough.
They face Mexico in Saturday’s final aiming for a third straight Toulon Tournament title after their semi-final win over Scotland.
Four of the starters who beat Scotland 3-1 had top-flight experience while Tammy Abraham came off the bench.
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah scored twice on Wednesday and could now force his way into Boothroyd’s plans for Euro 2019, with the Under-21s on course to qualify.
The 19-year-old, who made three Premier League appearances last season, also has new Gunners boss Unai Emery to impress and Boothroyd feels Nketiah and his team-mates can use Toulon to further their Premier League dreams.
He told Press Association Sport: “If they can do it at world level they can do it in the Premier League.
“We have some very talented players and they can play in the Premier League, I have no doubt. They just need a little belief and opportunity from some of the head coaches.
“Whenever a young player has an opportunity they have to take it and Eddie’s certainly done it with his goals. We’re always hoping when they leave us they can get into the position where they can become regulars for their clubs.
“He should be with the Under-19s but he’s given me a problem for when I have to pick a squad in September.”
England drew 0-0 with Mexico in Group A last week as the Mexicans topped the table by one goal.
They beat Turkey 3-1 on Wednesday, with Eduardo Aguirre scoring a hat-trick.
He has netted seven times in the tournament and has scored more than 10 per cent of the overall goals in France.
England are the only team to stop the 19-year-old from scoring and Boothroyd expects a tight match as the Young Lions go for a hat-trick of titles.
He said: “It’s a really tough tournament to come to, let alone get to the latter stages and the final.
“The fact we’ve done it with two different managers, two different teams and now we’re trying to make it a hat-trick puts a little pressure on us.
“If we’re going to be successful these are the things we have to deal with. It’s two really evenly matched teams, there’s not an awful lot between us.”