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Iceland U21s 0 - 3 England U21s

Friday 7th October 2011
Iceland U-21's 0 England U-21's 3 FT


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a superb hat-trick to ensure a comfortable  victory for England's Under 21's out in Iceland in their qualification for the 2013 European Championships.

Just like his father Mark Chamberlain, Alex is starting to show real promise scoring five goals in his last three games for club and country.

After appearing in the humiliating defeat at Old Trafford last month playing for Arsenal.  The former Saint has shown why Arsene Wenger paid out around £12 million for the youngster.

The win was not a foregone conclusion for England. They came up against a side that qualified for last year's finals' by scoring the most goals in qualification, 33. However in truth the visitors restricted to them to very few chances.

England started well as Liverpool's Martin Kelly looked threatening from set pieces.

However it wasn't long before Chamberlain got his first after 12 minutes. After Watford's Marvin Sordell's forward run was halted, the ball fell kindly for the former Southampton player who raced clear and placed the ball into the net from 18 yards.

His second followed 3 minutes later. An in swinging cross from Delfouneso was dropped by the keeper with Oxlade-Chamberlain on hand to finish coolly, giving the visitors a deserved two goal advantage.

Iceland were restricted to long range efforts, as their main treat came as England were unable to deal with the second ball from the long throw.

After the break, England continued to create with the Henri Lansbury at the heart of everything.

However it was Chamberlain who took the plaudits and rightly so, as persistence down the wing allowed him to race clear of two challenges to put the ball across. Icelandic keeper Petursson inadvertently turned into his own net when trying to claim the low ball on 63 minutes.

In truth the Icelanders offered little in terms of creativity as Pearce's' team saw out the game in a professional manner.

One concern for Pearce though, will be the injuries picked up by Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso and Hull's Martyn Waghorn going into Monday's crucial group game away in Norway. Leaving him with Marvin Sordell as the only fit and recognised striker in the squad.
Niall Cope

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