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19-Nov-2020, 05:09 am

The kids are alright as England achieve 137-year first against Iceland

England 2020

England's new generation of talent came to the fore at Wembley on Wednesday to achieve a landmark that had last been reached inthe 19th century.

Belgium and Denmark were the only two sides in Group A2 still able to take first place and advance to the semi-finals, while Gareth Southgate took the opportunity to inject youth into his first-team squad.

And the kids came through with flying colours as Iceland were dispatched 4-0 in a one-sided clash.

Declan Rice opened the scoring 20 minutes in, before Mason Mount quickly added another to send the hosts into half-time with a two-goal advantage.

After the break Manchester City youngster Phil Foden took centre-stage, netting twice to seal an easy win for Southgate's charges.

Rice and Mount are both 21, with Foden a year younger at 20.Together, the trio marked a special bit of history for the Three Lions.

Not since 1883, in the very first days of international football, had three players aged 21 or younger managed to score in a senior England game.

Rice, Mount and Foden thus follow in the footsteps ofWilliam Cobbold, Oliver Whateley and Frank Pawson, who all got on the scoresheet against Ireland 137 years ago.

Bukayo Saka, 19, also started, meaning that England fielded four players under 22for the first time since a Home Nations clash against Northern Ireland in November 1959.

Foden received an additional distinction, becoming the firstEngland player under 21 ever to score more than once in a match at Wembley.

The Three Lions will be back in action in 2021, kicking off their World Cup qualification campaign for Qatar in March with two games.

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