Sterling proves crucial for England against Iceland

It was a dramatic late victory for England as they beat Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavík.

A late penalty from Raheem Sterling was enough to secure three points, after the hosts missed a late spot-kick of their own.

England have a host of attacking talent to be excited about, but Raheem Sterling proved once again that his place is going nowhere.

The Manchester City winger completed more take-ons (8) and attempted more shots (3) than any other player, and was on hand to score the winning penalty with Harry Kane taken off.

He was a constant source of danger down the left hand side and gave his full back a torrid time, only lacking end product in the final stage.

Sterling was the shining light of an otherwise lowkey display.

With Premier League football just seven days away, a lacklustre England performance was not exactly surprising. Until five minutes of madness sparked the game into life.

The Three Lions were awarded a late penalty after Sverrir Ingi Ingason was adjudged to have handled – with Sterling making no mistake.

Then it was Joe Gomez’s turn to self-destruct after he pulled down Hólmbert Friðjónsson just seconds after kick off, only for Birkir Bjarnason to sky his penalty well over.

This was a lifeless game with few chances created between either side. But this was also a perfect example of the fine margins at top level football.