A Connor Wickham goal ensured England claimed their second 1-0 victory in as many days.
England 1-0 Iceland
The Nordic Tournament
6pm (local time), Tuesday 29 July 2008
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England recorded their second 1-0 victory in as many days as a Connor Wickham strike saw the Young Lions defeat Iceland in the Nordic Tournament.
England are in the middle of a gruelling four days which has already seen them triumph over Finland on Monday evening and tonight's victory has maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B. Norway are the final group opponents on Thursday.
Iceland proved a difficult side to break down and this consequently lead to a first-half of few chances. Tom Parkes had England's best opportunity when he met a Joe McCann corner after seven minutes, but his header flashed narrowly wide.
However, Kenny Swain's side dominated proceedings after the interval. Ten minutes after the restart, Jacob Walcott and Luke Freeman got in each other's way, following a Billy Knott cross, but Ipswich Town's Connor Wickham spared their blushes six minutes later.
An exquisite through ball from Freeman found Wickham and he cleverly rounded the Icelandic goalkeeper to find the net from an acute angle.
Iceland's best chance came from a well worked free kick was intellingently curled behind the England wall, but a fine tackle from Tom Parkes averted the danger.
The Young Lions saw out the rest of the game to claim a narrow victory which sets them up for a top of the table clash against Norway in two days time.England
13 Jak Alnwick, 2 Keanu Marsh Brown, 5 Oliver Nicholas (C), 6 Tom Parkes, 12 Luke Garbutt, 15 Joe McCann (17 Kieran Edwards, 40), 7 Nathaniel Laing (10 Luke Freeman, 51), 14 Jesse Lingard, (18 Billy Knott, 51), 8 Chuks Aneke, (3 Jamie Reckord, 74), 16 Connor Wickham (4 James Hurst, 67), 11 Jason Banton (9 Jacob Walcott, 51)Subtitutes not used
1 Ryan AllsopIceland
1 Arni Freyr Asgeirsson (12 Aron Elis Arnason, 74), 3 David Thor Asbjornsson, 4 Brynjar Gauti Gudjonsson (13 Tomas Gudmundsson, 55), 5 Gudmundur Thorarinsson (2 Andri Fannar Freysson, 48), 6 Andri Rafn Yeoman (7 Brynjar Asgeir Gudmundsson, 55), 8 Zlatko Krickic, 10 Olafur Karl Finsen, 14 Sindri Snär Magnusson, 15 Torfi Karl Olafsson, 17 Alexander Kostic (9 Rurik Andri Thorfinnsson, 48), 18 Styrmir Arnason (16 Andri Adolfsson, 48)