Gareth Southgate: Toulon Tournament will benefit England's young players
England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate says this year's Toulon Tournament will be a good learning curve for his side
Last Updated: 19/02/14 6:47pm
England last played in the annual competition in southern France back in 2005 and Southgate will take an Under-20 side to Toulon shortly after the European Championship qualifier with Wales on
The tournament features 10 teams across two groups and England have been drawn in Group B alongside Brazil, Colombia, South Korea and Qatar.
England finished bottom of their group in last year's U21 European Championship in Israel after failing to secure a single point in the tournament.
And Southgate believes his players, who begin their Toulon campaign on May 22, will reap the benefits of playing teams from across the world over a short period of time.
"This will be a different challenge with the younger players in the group, as we head to the Toulon Tournament in France," Southgate said.
"That will see us playing nations from Asia and South America, so it's a different test for us.
"We need that for our development as a team and individuals, to face those different styles and experience being away with an intense programme of games."