Declan Rice has develop into the primary participant to attain for England after enjoying worldwide soccer for an additional nation since Gordon Hodgson in 1930.
The 90-year wait was lastly ended when the West Ham midfielder headed residence a whipped free-kick taken by Phil Foden throughout Wednesday’s Nations League conflict with Iceland.
Though the sport was successfully a dead-rubber after the Three Lions did not qualify for the Nations League finals, the delight on the 21-year-old’s face was evident for all to see as he opened the scoring at Wembley.
Rice, who has now amassed 13 caps for his nation in 18 months, performed three pleasant video games for the Republic of Eire earlier than switching his worldwide allegiance to the nation of his start.
Former report holder Hodgson had beforehand represented South Africa earlier than scoring for England in 1930.
Rice can have been buoyed to see greatest buddy Mason Mount double England’s lead quickly after his opening purpose with a composed end.
The Chelsea midfielder, who got here by the Blues academy with Rice, confirmed nice composure to beat his man within the field earlier than slotting a left footed shot into the underside nook.
England boss Gareth Southgate was pressured to defend the inclusion of Mount at instances, even suggesting he was conscious he was being made right into a ‘meme’ for seemingly speaking in regards to the 21-year-old when requested about Jack Grealish.