Phil Foden reacts after scoring his first goals for England in win over Iceland

Wednesday 18 Nov 2020
Foden bagged a brace in the last ten minutes of the win over Iceland at Wembley
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Phil Foden admits notching his first goals for the England senior team was among one of the best moments of his young life.

The Manchester City ace was back in the Three Lions line-up for Wednesday's match with Iceland after missing the games in October, and after providing the cross for Declan Rice's opener in the first half, he opened his own account in style with two smart finishes in the later stages.

And the 19 year old was still on a high as he came off the Wembley pitch in what was England's final match of 2020.

“It’s up there with one of the best [nights of my life]," he said.

"I enjoyed that a lot and to score my first goals for England means a lot to me.


“I just couldn’t stop smiling after it. It’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m going to try and enjoy it as much as I can tonight."

Foden's first came when his former City and Young Lions team-mate Jadon Sancho teed him up in the area, before the second came with a crisp shot from distance as England looked to turn to the screw against the ten-man Iceland.

“I know Jadon (Sancho) well, I played with him in the youth team and when he got the ball, I arrived in the box, he gave me a good assist and luckily it went in

“When you score your confidence is high and I took the second goal well from outside the box.

"It’s something I need to work on, scoring more goals from outside the box, so I’m really happy with that one.”

Foden was in impressive form throughout Wednesday's win over Iceland

Foden also revealed his performance was a justification for his return to the England squad, following his departure from the group in September when he was sent home after the first Nations League clash with Iceland in Reykjavik.

“It was one of the hardest moments of my life," he added.

"And that’s when you need the trust of your managers. Gareth had a lot of respect for me to play me tonight and trust me. It means everything. I’m happy to repay with him with the goals and to play well.

“I was determined to get back and do the best I can. I was a little bit nervous at the start (of linking up with the squad) but I got used to it.”

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By FA Staff