England kick-start their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign with a trip to Iceland on Saturday (5pm kick-off).
This will be the first meeting between these two nations since Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions suffered a humiliating defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds, crashing out of the tournament as ‘Our Boys’ advanced to the quarter-finals.
Gareth Southgate will hope to fare better than his predecessor and look to replicate England’s first achievements in the inaugural 2018/19 campaign, where the nation finished atop Group A4, ahead of Spain and Croatia, and reached the semi-finals.
They face another tricky group this time around, which also includes Denmark and Belgium, but can England make it a perfect start in Reykjavik? Or will Iceland pull off another shock result?
Where to watch Iceland vs England on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Football & Sky Sports Main Event
- US: ABC
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Iceland & England’s previous line-ups:
- Iceland (vs El Salvador): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Sverrisson, Duffield; Thordarson, Kjartan Finnbogason, Leifsson, Harald; Karlsson, Kristján Finnbogason.
- England (vs Kosovo): Pope; Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell; Rice, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Winks; Sterling, Hudson-Odoi, Kane.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
Players to watch:
- Iceland: With Harry Maguire withdrawn from international duty and both Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell injured, leading Southgate to name a squad without a recognised left-back, head coach Erik Hamren might sense an opportunity to exploit a few flaws in England’s backline. One player who could look to capitalise on that is Millwall forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, a player who knows Maguire’s replacement, Conor Coady, exceptionally well. The duo spent the 2016/17 season together at Wolves, so Bodvarsson will be well-versed on Coady’s shortcomings, which could play into Iceland’s hands.
- England: Tipped to break into the England fold since starring in the U-17 World Cup in India, Phil Foden has finally been recognised at senior international level. The Stockport playmaker had just started to consistently wrestle his way into first-team plans at Manchester City before the season finished, and he will now look to build on that recent form and the trust shown in him by Pep Guardiola. With David Silva’s throne now up for grabs in the North West, Foden will be hoping to succeed the diminutive Spaniard and cement his place in starting XI both at the Etihad and with the Three Lions.
Scoreline prediction: Iceland 0-2 England
Iceland vs England: Betway offer
England to win to nil vs Iceland
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