England will be looking to end their Uefa Nations League campaign on a high when they host Iceland on Wednesday at Wembley (7:45pm kick-off).
After defeat to Belgium on Sunday, England are now unable to finish top of the group, with the Red Devils and Denmark playing for that honour in the group’s other game.
England will also have to settle for third in the group, unable to overtake Denmark even with victory due to their inferior head-to-head record with the Danes (drawing one and losing one).
Having reached the semi-finals in the inaugural competition, the 2020/21 Nations League has been one to forget for England. Gareth Southgate’s side have scored three goals in their five games, with just one coming from open play. One of their two penalties scored came against Iceland in the group opener, as Raheem Sterling converted from the spot in injury time, a game England were still fortunate to win.
The three goals England have scored is the same number Iceland have managed in their five games, though Wednesday’s visitors are still without a point and already relegated to League B, which will see Erik Hamren depart.
So for both sides, it’s all about restoring some pride and, for England, restarting the momentum in the build up to next summer’s European Championships.
Where to watch England vs Iceland on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event
- US: ESPN+
Where to live stream England vs Iceland:
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England & Iceland’s previous line-ups:
- England (vs Belgium): Pickford; Walker, Dier, Mings; Trippier, Rice, Henderson*, Chilwell; Mount, Grealish; Kane.
- Iceland (vs Denmark): Runarsson; Ingason, Eyjolfsson, Magnusson*; Saewarsson, G Sigurdsson*, Bjarnason, A Sigurdsson, Skulason; Bovarsson, Gudmundsson.
England will be without Jordan Henderson after the Liverpool midfielder left the squad due to injury, along with Sterling. Ben Chilwell is also a doubt after picking up a back injury in the defeat to Belgium, but it isn’t as serious as feared and he could still be in contention. Harry Maguire is also available after suspension.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is one of six players that have left the Iceland squad following their defeat to Denmark, joined by Ragnar Sigurdsson, Willum Thor Willumsson, Aaron Gunnarsson, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Hordur Magnusson, with the latter suspended.
Players to watch:
England: Jack Grealish. There weren’t too many England players who impressed in their defeat to Belgium but one who did was Grealish. The Aston Villa midfielder had to wait for quite some time before finally getting his spot in the England squad, something that didn’t look like happening despite his good club performances. But now he is with the Three Lions, it will be tough to leave him out of any future squad. Against Belgium he was England’s best attacking player, playing in an advanced role just behind Harry Kane. Quick with the ball and light on his feet, Belgium (like so many others) found that the only way they could stop Grealish was by fouling him. He was fouled a total of seven times, more than any other player, and also completed four take-ons. Against an Iceland side struggling, this could be Grealish’s platform to shine.
Iceland: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. With so many of their top players leaving the squad, Iceland’s attacking hopes may rely on Bodvarsson. The Millwall forward has spent most of the season so far on the bench in south east London, playing just 287 minutes in his eight appearances so far. That hasn’t prevented his call up for Iceland, though he has played just 17 minutes across their two games in this international break, missing the defeat to Denmark altogether. But Wembley should be his chance to prove himself, perhaps ahead of a move away from Millwall in January.
Scoreline prediction: England 1-0 Iceland
Nations League 2020/21 recent form:
- England: WDWLL
- Iceland: LLLLL
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