2020-21 UEFA Nations League: England vs Iceland

England’s disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign concludes with a home clash against Iceland at Wembley Stadium. 

With England set to finish third whilst Iceland are already confirmed as relegated to League B, this match represents an opportunity for both teams to experiment as England prepares for Euro 2020 whilst Iceland look ahead to 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

 

Team News

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Ben Chilwell is a doubt for England after being substituted with a back injury during Sunday’s loss in Belgium.

Jordan Henderson withdrew from the squad with a muscle injury suffered during Sunday’s defeat, whilst Raheem Sterling has also been released from international duty due to a knock which saw him fail to make teamsheets against Republic of Ireland then Belgium.

Iceland will have a near full squad available after Willum Thor Willumsson withdrew through injury, whilst Hordor Magnusson is suspended for this clash.

Ragnar Sigurdsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Gunnarsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson meanwhile were all released from international duty after defeat against Denmark on Sunday.

 

Stat Attack

  • England are unbeaten in three of four previous meetings against Iceland in all competitions (W2, D1, L1).
  • Iceland lost their only previous visit to England, losing 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the 2004 FA Summer Tournament which was a friendly tournament ahead of Euro 2004.
  • England have won six of their last seven competitive home matches in all competitions dating back to November 2018.

 

Prediction

England will be disappointed with Sunday’s rare defeat in Belgium but the Belgian Red Devils ultimately took their chances, whereas England simply wasted their chances and made sloppy passes despite being the more creative team throughout the match.

Iceland meanwhile will feel hard done by in their defeat to Denmark because I personally don’t feel that their second conceded penalty was a clear handball, so they will definitely have a point to prove here against a likely rotated England lineup with Dominic Calvert-Lewin likely amongst those to start.

England however are a difficult team to beat at home competitively but if Iceland can continue to play their normal style, they could well cause issues like they did in September, although I reckon England will find a way to claim a routine home win somehow.

Prediction: England 2-0 Iceland

Result: England 4-0 Iceland

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