Phil Foden led England’s youngsters in quality style as they ended their Nations League campaign with a comfortable win against Iceland in a “nothing” match at Wembley.
This last game of the qualifying campaign was a nothing-to-play-for game with England’s hopes of reaching the finals ended by defeat against Belgium, and Iceland without a point in Group A2, but it was a game where Gareth Southgate’s emerging youngsters got to shine.
Declan Rice scored with a header to put England in front with his first international goal after the 20 minute mark, before Mason Mount added a second from close range four minutes later.
Man City’s 20 year old Foden, was back in the fold after being dropped for breaking Covid-19 protocols in September with Mason Greenwood, also demonstrated his potential on the international stage with a top performance and two late strikes as he swept in Jadon Sancho’s pass for his first England goal with 10 minutes left before quickly adding a second with a low shot.
England’s players are still fighting for places in next summer’s European Championship and the likes of Foden, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Arsenal’s teenage defender Bukayo Saka took the chance to impress manager Southgate.