England hung on to secure a 1-0 win away to Iceland in their opening Nations League fixture which saw both teams finish the game with ten men.
Raheem Sterling coolly tucked away a penalty in the 91st minute of the game after an incredibly harsh handball was given against Sverrir Ingi Ingason – which saw the defender pick up his second booking.
But justice looked as though it would prevail when Joe Gomez was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the box minutes after the restart, despite replays suggesting it was outside the box.
Birkir Bjanrasan skied a 93rd minute penalty over the bar for the hosts to leave the former Aston Villa midfielder practically inconsolable as a relieved Gareth Southgate celebrated.
The Three Lions boss picked a youthful side for the game; Phil Foden started in midfield and Mason Greenwood got his first cap from the bench.
But trusted lieutenant Kyle Walker saw red for the visitors for a rash tackle with 20 minutes remaining resulted in him picking up a second booking, the last time he played for his country he scored an own goal against the Netherlands.
In the end, it is three points and invaluable experience gained on the road for Southgate and his young lions as they seek to improve on their third placed finish in this tournament last summer.
Given how it is 10 months since this team has played together, it is perhaps no surprise there were clear signs of rust.
Southgate will now take his men to Copenhagen for Tuesday’s clash with Denmark in the hope they can deliver a more convincing performance away from home.
England were nothing like their free-flowing best at Laugardalsvollur, where the absence of a video assistant referee meant Kane’s early opener remained ruled out for offside.
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That was the closest Southgate’s side got in a first half in which they enjoyed 76 per cent of possession but struggled to create, even with playmaker Foden making his first start.
Iceland were defending resolutely and England’s afternoon was made all the more difficult when Walker picked up a second booking with 20 minutes remaining.
Danny Ings and debutant Greenwood came on in a bid to spark a late winner, which arrived at the death after Sverrir Ingason was adjudged to have handled Sterling’s shot.
The Iceland man was given a second booking and the England forward rolled home the penalty.
But the drama did not stop there. Joe Gomez gave Iceland the chance to level from their own penalty, but former Aston Villa midfielder Bjarnason missed the target.