England vs. Portugal: 2019 Toulon Tournament Live Stream, Schedule, Prediction

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2019

PENAFIEL, PORTUGAL - MARCH 26: Nuno Henrique of Portugal competes for the ball with Joe Willock of England during the International Friendly match between Portugal U20 and England U20 at Stadium Municipal 25 April on March 26, 2019 in Penafiel, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
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England are looking to recover from a rare defeat at a Toulon Tournament when they face Portugal on Tuesday in their second game in Group A at the renamed 2019 Tournoi Maurice Revello in France.

The young Three Lions dropped their first game, 2-1 to Japan on Saturday, and now face a Portugal side with more than a few players capable of creating problems for the defending champions.

Coach Paul Simpson needs to reshuffle personnel after a drab showing against Japan. He can provide a spark in attack by handing starts to Arsenal strike duo Eddie Nketiah and midfielder Joe Willock.

The young Gunners can help Burnley winger Dwight McNeilEngland's best player in the openergive Portugal more than they can handle.


Date: Tuesday, June 4

Time: 6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ET

TV Info: FreeSports (422) UK

Live Stream: beIN Sports CONNECT (U.S.). Online updates, per official website.


Simpson may have been overly cautious with the fitness of Nketiah and Willock. Both were on the bench for Arsenal's 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday.

Willock entered the fray late on and caught the eye in a brief cameo that shamed the senior star he replaced, Mesut Ozil:

Ladbrokes @Ladbrokes

Mesut Ozil gets paid £350k p/w and is one of Arsenal's most experienced players. He was replaced in a European final by 19 year old Joe Willock He did more in the 13 minutes he was on than Ozil did all game 😬 https://t.co/LGnfnOKYEr

It's not the first time the 19-year-old has impressed at senior level this season. He also found the net twice during a 3-0 win over Blackpool in the FA Cup third round in January as part of a prolific campaign on all fronts domestically:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Joe Willock (19) has scored six goals in his last four appearances for two different Arsenal age groups: • 2 goals vs Blackpool • 1 goal vs Manchester City U23 • 1 goal vs West Ham United U23 • 2 goals vs Tottenham Hotspur U23 Realising his role. https://t.co/dTl0AFTYpL

England need Willock's energy, technique and willingness to break forward from midfield. His runs can force a key Portugal playmaker such as Tiago Dantas to forego his creative leanings for defensive duties.

A product of Benfica's superb academy, the 18-year-old has the vision and guile to find holes in England's athletic defence.

Dantas can also help Portugal exploit their pace out wide by supplying the runs of a raiding full-back who earned plaudits following the 1-0 defeat to Chile on Saturday:

Zach Lowy @ZachLowy

Nuno Tavares did quite well today despite Portugal’s loss to Chile. Calm in the tackle, effortlessly wins possession with his physique and strength. Tireless in attack as well, got up the pitch and almost acted as a second winger to overlap with Félix Correia. Promising LB. https://t.co/ixT5tGufwu

However, Nuno Tavares can't leave too much space in behind for the industrious McNeil to run into. He was England's lone creative force against Japan.

Alex James @alexjameshack

Third England U20 cap for Dwight McNeil today, played the full 90 minutes and set up a goal in 2-1 defeat to Japan. Young Lions back in action on Tuesday evening. #twitterclarets #UTC

The 19-year-old will be even more effective with a better finisher to aim for. Nketiah looks like the answer after George Hirst struggled to make the most of chances when they came his way on Saturday.

England have the strength in depth to add greater talent to the starting XI and get this campaign back on track.


Prediction: England 3-1 Portugal