Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken about his joy at hitting his first hat-trick in England’s comfortable 3-0 victory in Iceland. Arsenal’s Oxo Kid was in fine form in Reykjavik to put Stuart Pearce’s team top of Euro 2013 Qualifying Group 8.
The Gunners winger was a handful all night and a quick-fire brace inside 15 minutes put England in charge in what could have been a very tricky encounter. He added a fortuitous third just after half-time and cap a fine man-of-the-match performance in what was his fourth game for the Under-21s.
The opener came following some good work on the half-way line from Watford striker Marvin Sordell. He turned well before being tripped, but the French referee allowed play to go on and the ball rolled into the path of AOC, who tucked away past Arnar Petursson. It was his first goal for Pearce’s team.
And two minutes later he made it two, this time profiting from a lapse by the Iceland stopper. Nathan Delfouneso sent in an in-swinging cross from the left which looked easy for Petursson, but it slipped out of his grasp and fell kindly for AOC who side-footed home.
The game was effectively wrapped up three minutes into the second half when Chamberlain collected a pass from Kelly on the right. The 18-year-old glided down the wing past two defenders before crossing in towards the near-post. Petursson was wrong-footed and could only help the ball into the net.