England put four past Iceland

Foden at the double as England put four past Iceland

England capped off their last match until March with a 4-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday.

The Three Lions took an early lead through West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, whose deft header deceived Ögmundur Kristinsson.

Chelsea whizkid Mason Mount added a second four minutes later.

With ten minutes remaining, it was Manchester City academy graduate Phil Foden who put his stamp on the game.

The 20-year-old scored twice in four minutes to round off a comfortable win for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Speaking after the game, Southgate said: “The hunger to play and the application pleased me. It would have been easy tonight with nothing riding on the result, for the mentality not to be there and have a damp squib of a game.

“I said we have to make the most of the game. We are trying to build a team. We have been nowhere near having all of our squad together this autumn and the bedrock of the team all wanted to play. The captain wanted to play, he led that. We could surroud the young players with the stability of the experienced players.

“I have total ewmpathy with Premier League managers, this season is so complicated for everybody. We haven’t picked that team for confrontation.

“We played our part by adapting our training, by rotating in the friendly, but we need to compete. We have to make use of every opportunity we have. We are behind France and Portugal and they play their big guns.”

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