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STAR PREVIEW Sat: Iceland v England

The last time Iceland and England met, they suffered one of their worst moments in tournament history as Roy Hodgson’s men were knocked out of Euro 2016 – but four years later the fortunes have changed completely for both sides and England should be able to take a comprehensive revenge in Reykjavik tonight.

That 2-1 defeat was a nadir for England at the time but has arguably proved to be a blessing in disguise – England tried a brief spell with Sam Allardyce before then deciding to give Gareth Southgate a chance, and as they say the rest is history. Southgate took England to their first World Cup semi-final in Russia last year – albeit one that ended in heartbreak – and whilst many fans would have looked forward to the Euros this year, a delay of 12 months could be a big benefit for a side that’s packed with young players.

England are without Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire, but nearly everyone else you could want is there with experience coming from Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. These next two games in the Nations League should help us find out a lot more about new call-ups Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Jack Grealish, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Coady and Kalvin Phillips. All of those players look tremendous prospects who will have the benefit of a few caps and another season in the Premier League under their belt, and all give England a range of options here.

Iceland v England
UEFA Nations League Group Stage
17:00 Sky Sports Football HD / Sky Sports Main Event HD1

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JUN 2016 EURO 2016 England 1-2 Iceland

Iceland aren’t to be underestimated, but Erik Hamren’s squad don’t have the same options available to them. For a range of different reasons, none of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Alfred Finnbogason (refused to represent country) Aron Gunnarsson (has been blocked from travelling by his Qatari club Al Arabi) and Ragnar Sigurdsson (injured) are available) and that makes what was a tough task on paper for the hosts even more difficult. England won de won six of their eight qualifiers by four or more goals and scored four or more in seven of them, and whilst Iceland are a tougher test on paper, the gulf in options should allow them to pass a one goal handicap.

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