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England 4-0 Iceland: Phil Foden scores twice as England sweep aside 10-man Iceland in Nations League

Phil Foden struck twice as England's young stars shone in a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Iceland in the Nations League at Wembley on Wednesday.

England were unable to qualify for the competition's knockout phase following Sunday's defeat to Belgium but the players were intent on finishing on a high, and after first-half goals from Declan Rice (20) and Mason Mount (24) got the ball rolling, Foden cashed in when Birkir Mar Saevarsson was sent off on 54 minutes.

Each goal scorer is 21 or under and there will be hope that trio, along with England's other rising talents, can continue to improve and develop ahead of next summer's European Championships, where they will need to overcome far stronger opposition than this Iceland side.

With Belgium's 4-2 win over Denmark in the group's other fixture earning them top spot and a place in the Nations League finals, Gareth Southgate's attentions will now turn to March's World Cup qualifiers and Euro 2020, knowing there are still question marks over his best system and strongest XI.

Player Ratings

England: Pickford (7), Trippier (7), Walker (6), Dier (7), Maguire (8), Saka (7), Rice (7), Mount (8), Grealish (7), Foden (9), Kane (7).

Subs: Winks (7), Mings (6), Abraham (6), Sancho (7), Maitland-Niles (n/a)

Iceland: Kristinsson (7), Saevarsson (3), Ingason (4), Arnason (6), Hermannsson (5), Sigurjonsson (5), Bjarnason (5), Palsson (6), Skulason (5), Gudmundsson (7), Bodvarsson (6).

Subs: Halldorsson (6), Sigthorsson (5), Eyjolfsson (5), Johannesson (n/a), Thorsteinsson (5)

Man of the match: Phil Foden

How England finished with a win...

Despite England being guaranteed third in Group A2 and Iceland already relegated, it was feisty early on, with Saevarsson booked for clattering into Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker shown a yellow for a similar challenge on Runar Mar Sigurjonsson inside the opening 13 minutes.

 

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