England kick starts their UEFA Nations League 2020-21 campaign this weekend after ten months of no action. The side will be looking to secure a win against side Iceland this Saturday. The match schedules at Reykjavik with kickoff at 7 pm.
The last field action for the Three Lions dates back to November when the side thrashed side Kosovo 4-0 in Euros 2020 qualifiers. Iceland has had two friendlies building up to the match with wins over side Canada and El Salvador.
It was a 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Campaign to forget for side Iceland. The side went on to lose four matches against side Belgium and Switzerland. It forced the side to finish at the bottom of the bottle.
Erik Hansen will be keen on making a formidable start to their campaign with high hopes for qualification for the Euro championship. The side will take on side Romania in the qualification playoffs scheduled for October.
England has a good start to the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League campaign, managing to finish third. The side was grouped with sides Spain and Croatia before losing the semi-finals against the Netherlands.
It is proving to be another tough start, Gareth Southgate. Harry Maguire had to be pulled off the squad following a pending court case. Last season, Gate had to pull of Sterling after an altercation with teammate Joe Gomez.
Iceland vs. England Head to Head
Both sides have played only one match together, with Iceland taking home the win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
El Salvador 0-1 Iceland
Canada 0-1 Iceland
Moldova 1-2 Iceland
Turkey 0-0 Iceland
Iceland 2-0 Andorra
Kosovo 0-4 England
England 7-0 Montenegro
Bulgaria 0-6 England
The Czech Republic 2-1 England
Iceland Team News
A number of key figures for Iceland will be missing ahead of the fixture. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Johann Berg, Alfred Finnbogason, and Aron Gunnarson are out of the clash. This leaves Birkir Bjarnason as the most experienced player in the squad. Sigthorson hopes to maintain a starting lineup with 26 goals for the side.
England Team News
After earning a first England call-up, Maitland Niles might start as a left-back ahead of Kylie Walker. Dean Henderson, Harry Winks, and Marcus Rashford will miss out after recovering from injuries. Nick Pope will lead the goalkeeping department in favor of Jordan Pickford.
Prediction and Odds
We expect England to show a display of quality, especially with the number of injuries on the opponent’s side.
Goals Over 2.5
Both Teams to Score