England U21 1-0 Portugal U21: Grealish plays in Toulon win
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 19/05/16 9:34pm
Jack Grealish come on to make his England U21 debut as Lewis Baker's goal gave them a winning start at the Toulon Tournament in a 1-0 win over Portugal.
Chelsea midfielder Baker - on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem this season - struck just before the hour mark at Stade Leo Lagrange in Toulon on Thursday to separate the sides.
His goal came after he had missed two good opportunities in a first half Gareth Southgate's side had the best of.
Baker's first was turned over the crossbar by keeper Joel Pereira, while his next opportunity was tipped away after he had been picked out by James Ward-Prowse.
A double substitution inspired Baker's winner - though it did not involve the introduction of Aston Villa midfielder Grealish.
Instead, Cauley Woodrow and Nathan Redmond came on and it was Redmond who played on to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with his cross turned in from close range.
In a game of few other scoring chances, England were largely in control without looking like adding to their lead as windy conditions impacted on both sides.
It wasn't until 18 minutes from the end that Grealish made his bow, turning out for England at U21 level for the first time after playing six times for the Republic of Ireland at the same level previously.
Southgate's side will now continue their tournament against Guinea in Aubagne on Monday before further group fixtures against Paraguay and Japan next Wednesday and Friday.
Playing in Group B, the section winners will progress to the final on May 29 and England have given themselves a good chance of doing that after their narrow success over the Portuguese.