England bounce back in Toulon
England secured their place in the last four of the Toulon Under-20 tournament with an impressive 3-0 win over South Korea.
With coach Peter Taylor opting for for an attacking line-up to break down the defensively-minded Koreans, England's opponents had plenty of chances to score.
But it was Taylor's team who made the most of their opportunities and his policy paid immediate dividends with Liam Rosenior scoring a sixth-minute opener before Greg Halford and Nigel Reo-Coker completed the scoring.
After the disappointment of losing to Portugal last time out, England settled into their stride straight from the off, spraying the ball across the park with ease, and they took an early lead.
Hull's Scott Wiseman, a late call-up to the squad by his club manager Taylor, cut inside from his position at left wing-back before playing in Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The Manchester City striker beat the offside trap before nudging the ball past the Korean keeper and although it rolled against the post, right wing-back Rosenior was on hand to knock in the rebound.
Halford partnered Wright-Phillips in attack and the Colchester utility man linked well with Wiseman, while West Ham skipper Reo-Coker was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Liverpool's John Welsh.
The Hammers midfielder led by example, dispossessing the Korean left-back to release Wright-Phillips, who squared for Halford, but Korean captain You Gaul Song saved well at his feet.
However, South Korea began to work some space in front of England's back three of Andrew Davies, Anton Ferdinand and Liam Ridgewell, supplying Kwang Hee Choi on the right in the 16th minute but Scott Flinders, in for his first England appearance, comfortably held his cross.
The Korean forward then flashed a long-distance effort well wide and stunned England with a 20-yard drive in the 19th minute that almost levelled the score.
Barnsley's Flinders was caught by surprise and only just managed to scramble across his goal to nudge the ball around the post.
England regained their composure with Tom Soares, making much more of an impact than he did against Portugal, playing the ball to Rosenior in the 24th minute and his centre found Wright-Phillips in the six-yard box but he was stretching and could not keep his shot down.
And just a minute later, Halford gave England a two-goal cushion, smashing in a 25-yard drive from Darren Ambrose's lay-off.
But against England's attacking formation, South Korea continued to create opportunities, with Han Byul Kim forcing a diving save from Flinders after a half-cleared corner.
Wright-Phillips made way at the break for Norwich's Ian Henderson, who combined well with Ambrose.
England still left room though and Seung Hwan Lee played in Choi in the right channel, only to see his team-mate shoot wide from a great position.
After being given a gee-up by Taylor, England regrouped and made it 3-0 in the 57th minute when Reo-Coker pushed forward on the left and was supplied by Wiseman before slipping the ball under the Korean goalkeeper.
Ambrose then shot narrowly wide after jinking between three defenders before Nugent, who replaced Soares on the hour, fired well over.
Flinders still had to make good saves from Lee and Ji Min Kim, while Liam Ridgewell can consider himself lucky not to have been shown a card for a lunging tackle on Choi, who turned Ferdinand brilliantly seconds earlier.