Sunday 06 Sep
Updated Sunday 06 Sep 09:36
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Declan Rice helps England to opening UEFA Nations League win in Iceland

Declan Rice in action against Iceland

 

Declan Rice helped England to a dramatic 1-0 victory over Iceland in their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League tie.

The West Ham United midfielder completed the full 90 minutes in Reykjavik, where the Three Lions made a winning start to their campaign through Raheem Sterling’s 91st-minute penalty.

Earning his eighth cap, the 21-year-old could have scored his first England goal after intercepting and setting up and attack in the first half, only to shoot against his standing leg when well-placed inside the Iceland penalty area.

Harry Kane also had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside during the opening 45 minutes and, with no VAR being used, the game remained goalless until added-time.

That was, in part, because Rice's defensive talents helped keep Iceland to few threatening opportunities, save for a last-gasp penalty conceded by Joe Gomez, which Birkir Bjarnason lifted over the crossbar.

England and Rice will hope to make it two League A Group 2 wins out of two when they take on Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Ukraine return to action in Spain on Sunday, when the Hammers forward will look to add to the goal he scored in his country's opening 2-1 League A Group 1 win over Switzerland.

Darren Randolph and Republic of Ireland are also in action on Sunday, when the Boys in Green welcome Finland to Dublin in League B Group 4. Ireland drew 1-1 in Bulgaria in their opening tie.