The England Under-19 team began their European Qualification campaign when they produced five goals in the second half to blast Iceland 5-1. The game was played at Doncaster Rovers FC, Keepmoat Stadium last night, in front of a crowd of 5,752.
Newcastle’s 6′ 3″ striker Andy Carroll, currently on loan at Preston North End, started the game for England and scored their second goal after an hour of play. This was Andy’s second game for the England Under-19 side.
Andy Carroll – hitting home England’s second goal – he’s scored in both England appearances
After a goalless first half, England went ahead within a minute of the restart when Febian Brandy put them ahead. But the lead was short-lived as Iceland promptly equalized 7 minutes later.
However after an hour, Andy Carroll, the Newcastle United 6′ 3″ striker added a second goal for England which started a blitz of 4 goals from England in 18 minutes to demolish Iceland. The other scorers were James Henry, Krystian Pearce and Scott Sinclair and the 5,752 crowd in attendance went home satisfied with the performance they had just seen. Carroll played for 68 minutes before being replaced by Tope Obadeyi with England at that time 2-1 up, thanks to Andyâ€™s goal.
In the first half Carroll saw a header deflect just wide but then the England defense gave away possession to Viktor Unnar Illugason who had a clear run on goal with only Jason Steele to beat, but the Icelander hit the ball wide. A wonderful chance that Iceland should have taken.
Sinclair, who plays for Chelsea, bewildered the Iceland defense with some excellent skills and looked an up and coming great player for the future. In the second half Brandy kept his composure to shoot past the exposed Petursson. It was his third goal in consecutive games for the forward. England’s lead lasted just seven minutes when Josef Kristinn Josefsson’s free-kick somehow reached Aron Einar Gunnarsson six yards out and his deft header beat goalkeeper Steele. But within 3 minutes Carroll, the Newcastle forward on loan at Preston, shot home after Sam Hutchinson had moved nicely down the right wing.
Carroll has now scored in both his two England appearances.
More goals were to follow for England from Henry on 69 minutes with the goal of the game. Picking up a loose ball he unleashed a fierce shot which flew into the back of the net. Four minutes later an unmarked Pearce headed in for a 4-1 lead and then the impressive Sinclair dribbled through the Iceland defense before slotting home.
It was a pleasing performance from Brian Eastick’s young England team.
1 Jason Steele, 2 Sam Hutchinson, 3 Ryan Bertrand, 4 Jack Cork, 5 Krystian Pearce, 6 Ciaran Clark, 7 James Henry, 8 Jamie Chandler (14 Josh Wright, 80 mins), 9 Andy Carroll (12 Tope Obadeyi, 68 mins), 10 Febian Brandy (18 Kieran Gibbs, 82 mins), 11 Scott Sinclair.
Subs not used: 13 Ross Atkins, 15 Ed Upson, 16 Joe Mattock, 17 Jordan Spence.
Head Coach: Brian Eastick
1 Oskar Petursson, 2 Egger Rafn Einarsson (16 Bjorn Orri Hermannsson, 88 mins), 3 Josef Kristinn Josefsson, 4 Fannar Thor Arnarsson, 5 Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, 6 Aron Einar Gunnarsson, 7 Rafn Andri Haraldsson, 9 Viktor Unnar Illugason 18 Kristinn Jonsson (18 Kristinn Jonsson, 68 mins), 10 Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson, 14 Guomundur Kristjansson, 15 Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (8 Kristinn Steindorsson, 78 mins).
Subs not used: 11 Guomundur Reynar Gunnarsson, 12 Trausti Sigurbjornsson, 13 Frans Elvorsson, 17 Johann Laxdal.
Head Coach: Kristin Runar Jonsson.