England end UNL with big victory

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England wrapped up their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 4-0 thumping of ten-man Iceland in League A on Wednesday evening.

The Three Lions made three changes from the defeat to Belgium, as Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Harry Maguire came to the fore.

The hosts had a bright start after Declan Rice got the opener in the 20th minute with a header into the bottom corner from Foden's lovely free-kick.

Mason Mount doubled the lead for England four minutes later with a composed finish past goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsso after latching onto a through ball from Harry Kane.

Gareth Southgate's charges had their tails up in the closing phase of the first stanza and Kane came close to making it 3-0 seven minutes before the break with a curling strike just inside the box that missed the far corner by a whisker.

Iceland had a horrible start in the second stanza as they were reduced to ten men after Birkir Saevarsson got his second yellow card nine minutes from the break for pulling down Saka on the edge of the box.

However, the visitors were defending better after going a man down, before Southgate made a double change in the last quarter of an hour, with Jadon Sancho coming on for Jack Grealish while Tammy Abraham replaced Kane.

The double change had an immediate impact as Foden made it 3-0 for the hosts in the last ten minutes with a low strike at the near post after he was teed up by Sancho.

Foden made it 4-0 for England five minutes before time with a cracking low strike from the edge of the box to complete his brace, as the Three Lions ended in third place in Group 2 while Iceland were relegated to League B without registering a point.

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