REYKJAVIK: Gareth Southgate admits England survived after avoiding another embarrassing result when Raheem Sterling’s penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Iceland.
After Sterling broke the deadlock in the 92nd minute of the UEFA Nations League action, Birkir Bjarnason failed to equalize through a penalty with both teams losing a player in the final 20 minutes.
Four years after the most embarrassing night in English football when England lost 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, The Three Lions once again appeared bland in their first match after 10 months.
Southgate demanded Kyle Walker and Joe Gomez learn from their mistakes that almost led to defeat.
Called for the first time this year, Walker was sent off 20 minutes before the end of the game due to a rough tackle.
After leading the game, Gomez dropped Holmbert Fridjonsson in the penalty box.
“Being sent off is a starting point because it is difficult to win a match when playing 10 people. It should be avoided,” Southgate said.
Icelandic manager Erik Hamren, meanwhile, feels the match should end in a draw.
“I’ve been a coach for 40 years and this feels like the worst defeat,” he said.