Mason Greenwood

Greenwood reacts to England debut

Saturday 05 September 2020 20:49

Mason Greenwood says it was a "massive achievement for me and my family" after Manchester United's 18-year-old striker proudly made his senior England debut on Saturday evening.

The delighted Academy graduate made that comment in a post-match tweet, after coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for the Three Lions in their 1-0 away win over Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.

The score was still 0-0 when Greenwood replaced Harry Kane in Reykjavik and his entrance seemed to improve England's attack, with his direct, proactive style yielding a corner for his side a few moments later.
Mason swiftly made an impact after coming on against Iceland, forcing a corner with this shot.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 89th minute when Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling stepped up to convert a penalty after his shot in open play was handled.

Almost immediately, Greenwood's hopes of making a winning debut were nearly dashed; Iceland were awarded a spot-kick at the other end for a foul by Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez but Birkir Bjarnason, a former Aston Villa midfielder, spurned the chance to equalise.
Each side finished the game with 10 men - England's Kyle Walker and later Iceland's Sverrir Ingi Ingason were sent off, both for two bookable offences apiece. 

Reds keeper Dean Henderson was an unused substitute, with Everton's Jordan Pickford playing the full 90 minutes in goal. But while our young stopper waits for his England debut, we're congratulating Mason on his - as well as all the United staff who have helped him to get there.