England vs Iceland prediction: How will Nations League fixture play out?


England welcome Iceland to Wembley in the Nations League on Wednesday in what is virtually a dead rubber following the teams’ exits from the competition earlier in the week.

England knew they needed to overcome Belgium on Sunday to stand a chance of progressing from Group A2, but they were defeated 2-0 away from home. Meanwhile, Iceland’s search for a victory – or even a point – in the tournament remained unsuccessful when they were beaten 2-1 by Denmark after conceding a penalty in the dying moments of the match.

England coach Gareth Southgate will at least hope to use this meeting as an opportunity to try out different options in terms of personnel and – potentially – tactics, following criticism of his cautious approach in the Belgium game.

Here’s everything you need to know about the group-stage fixture:

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  • Five things we learned from England’s defeat by Belgium
  • Predicting England’s Euros squad – who goes, who misses out?
  • All international fixtures taking place this week 

When is it?

The match will kick off at 7.45pm BST on Wednesday evening.

The fixture will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, despite suggestions that an alternative venue would be used due to coronavirus guidelines around travel in Europe.

How can I watch it?

The game will air live on Sky Sports main event, and subscribers can also stream it live on the Sky Go app and Sky Sports website.

What is the team news?

Ben Chilwell was forced off with a back issue in the first half of England’s defeat by Belgium and is unlikely to feature here. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson was substituted at half-time in that game and Raheem Sterling was not even on the bench, so don’t expect either to necessarily be involved against Iceland.

For Iceland, Hordur Magnusson is suspended, while Ragnar Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are set to be absent here as Erik Hamren takes charge of the team one last time.

Predicted line-ups

England: Pope; Walker, Keane, Mings; Maitland-Niles, Rice, Winks, Saka; Sancho, Foden; Calvert-Lewin

Iceland: Runarsson; Sampsted, Ingason, Hermansson; Saevarsson, Baldursson, Bjarnason, Johannesson, Skulason; Gudjohnsen, Sigthorsson

Odds

England: 1/6

Draw: 11/2

Iceland: 16/1

Prediction

No matter which combination of players Southgate picks, they should have too much for an Iceland side that have lost all five of their Nations League games this season with a goal difference of -10. England 2-0 Iceland.

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