England midfielder Declan Rice has matched a long-term record following his goal in the big win over Iceland on Wednesday night. The West Ham United was one of the scorers as England beat their opponents 4-0 at home in a UEFA Nations League outing.
Rice opened the floodgate of goals for his team to become the first player in 90 years to score for England after playing for another country. The feat was last managed by Gordon Hodgson in 1930. Declan Rice was making his 13th appearance for the Three Lions in the last 18 months and he capitalised on the sleepy Iceland defence to head home a quickly taken 20th minute free-kick from the impressed Phil Foden who plays his club football for Manchester City.
West Ham midfielder Rice was able to switch his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England since he had not played competitive football for the Emerald Isle. Since his debut at the start of 2019, Declan Rice has grown to become a key player in the England midfield. His midfield partner Mason Mount doubled the lead for England with a well taken strike in the Iceland box. The second goal came four minutes after the opener.
England went into the break with the two-goal lead. It was extended in the second half of the League A Group B game after Iceland right-back BirkirSaevarsson was sent off with nine second half minutes gone. He got his second yellow card for pulling back Arsenal startletBukayo Saka.
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden showed his class throughout the game and it was not surprising when he added a late brace to give England the scorelinethey deserved for their dominance. The first of the two goals came on 80 minutes before he wrapped up the game with his second and England’s fourth goal in the 84th minute.