England ended their Nations League campaign with a 4-0 win over Iceland – but which players attracted the most?
Phil Foden (2), Declan Rice and Mason Mount were targeted by Gareth Southgate. Birkir Mar Sauerson was sent off in the second half when he saw opponents.
Here we evaluate individual performances …
Jordan Pickford – 7
The England number one had a quiet night, but had to punch well early, showing his commitment to play from behind with delays, and then pull Buccao Saka out with a slide rule pass under pressure. More than an observer in the second half.
Kieran Tripper – 7
Gareth Southgate’s one of the most reliable performers, Tripper gave England good width on the right and went well for Kane in the half-stroke. In the second half Iceland showed the manager the rate of hard work they liked by running to intercept during the attack.
Kyle Walker – 6
Criticizing Walker’s poor performance in recent weeks, he chose Sigurd Johnson as an unnecessary booking for a strong challenge. There were plenty of touches but the first half was reserved for his offensive play, with a cross bar just before the break. Arnason missed from one corner for the best chance Iceland had in the second half.
Eric Dior – 7
There was nothing more to do in the heart of the rear three against a limited Iceland attack, but they had to run backwards to overcome a run early on, and had the speed to face danger. He mopped up again early in the second half and was able to stay on top of the game from an offensive free kick.
Harry Maguire – 8
Returning to the XI after missing the trip to Belgium through suspension, he had a much happier experience at this stadium than the previous Nations League match. There was a wrong pass from the back that gave Iceland a sniff, but most importantly he made a welcome and eager contribution to England’s attack, pushing forward to the left and taking a helping hand through a Foden opportunity. Late even tried his luck.
Buccaneer Saka – 7
It took on another chance to impress in the left wing-back role. After the break he could have climbed into the scoresheet with a miss kick in the first half before making a stronger effort against the keeper, but created problems across Iceland, and Sauerson was sent off early and sent him back.
Declan Rice – 7
Rice’s goal – the first for his country – may be off the shoulder, but he’s not considering anything. That put England on their way, and when it was a defensively straight night, Rice looked good with the ball and kept the tempo with his passing.
Mason Mount – 8
Restored in central midfield, where he impressed against Ireland, but wanted to play higher than the pitch – and did it in real effect. An early shot was blocked and Jack was seen prominently linked to Greelish. The response was sharp and clinical when it came to boxing for England to finish second. 25 minutes left to play after strengthening the case.
Jack Greelish – 7
The England star performer in Belgium put on another impressive performance against Iceland. He scored a free kick near the edge of the Iceland box, which led to England’s opener, who was repeatedly adorned by an Icelandic defender.
Phil Foden – 9
As clean and tidy as ever – though deeper than initially liked – but with a free-kick assist for Rice’s opener, it could have been scored with a close-range drive in 30 minutes. Since then he has played at high positions and played for 10 seconds before crashing in one second. Then the party came out with strategies.
Harry Kane – 7
Despite having five shots to score, he was disappointed to score but ultimately disappointed in the matter. Half an hour ago he was shot from the edge of the box, followed by a low shot deflected wide, and then fired beyond the far post while trying to get into the joke. Even a substitute was delayed to go through a free kick but to no avail.
Harry Winks – 7
Within 65 minutes he turned on for Mount and circled around as stylishly as he always did, creating few chances for team members and getting an aid to Foden’s long-distance strike.
Tyrone Mings – 6
Kyle Walker and England’s three left-backs were on the verge of 25 minutes to play, but Iceland’s limited ambitions were then dashed.
Tommy Abraham – 6
With 15 minutes left to play, there were no real chances.
Jadon Sancho – 7
He was sent off for his first dribble attempt but was reminded of his zip and skill when he coached Foden as England’s third.
Ainsley Mightland-Niles – n / a
Sent just five minutes to play.
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