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Middlesbrough youngster reacts to England tournament triumph

Dael Fry played a key role as England claimed tournament victory.
Dael Fry played a key role as England claimed tournament victory.

Dael Fry has admitted he is 'delighted' to have played his part in England under-21s Toulon Tournament triumph.

The Middlesbrough centre back was an ever-present for the Young Lions as they lifted the trophy for a third successive year.

Fry played a pivotal role in England's triumph, netting an equaliser in the final against Mexico which saw the momentum turn.

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Only moments after the Boro-born defender had struck, Kieran Dowell added a second to seal victory for Aidy Boothroyd's side.

Indeed, Fry's performances earned him a place in the Team of the Tournament alongside Newcastle's Freddie Woodman and Bournemouth's Lewis Cook.

The triumph represents yet another success for Fry, who was part of the England under-20 side that lifted the World Cup in South Korea last summer.

And the 20-year-old was delighted to play his part in yet another England tournament victory, and revealed his continuing pride at representing his country in front of his family.

“It's been amazing to be part of this competition with England,” he said, speaking to the Teesside Gazette.

“Singing the national anthem was a proud moment and seeing your family in the crowd is special.

“Seeing my dad in the crowd while I was singing the anthem is something I'll always remember.

“We've won the tournament for the past two years and the aim has been to make it three in a row. It's been nice to get the opportunity to do that again.

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“I was with England when we won in 2014 and we've also won the World Cup. When the lads got the win in the final in Korea it was a massive, massive moment."

Fry played 18 times for Boro last season, but will be looking to push on in the new campaign and nail down a regular spot in Tony Pulis' side.

Part of the preparation for his assault on the first team was a successful tournament, and Fry is delighted with the minutes he now has in the bank ahead of pre-season.

“I've been delighted to play every single minute of every single game here,” he added.

“My aim was to perform well, win the tournament and get back up to full fitness for pre-season.”