England welcome Iceland to Wembley this evening as they take part in the last international of the season before the delayed Euro 2020 competition gets underway in the summer.
The loss to Belgium on Sunday evening, put an end any hopes of reaching the Nations League finals next year. The Three Lions made the finals in 2019 in Portugal as they looked to get their first silverware as a nation since winning the World Cup in 1966. Although they were the highest ranked side in the finals, England faced defeat to the Netherlands in the semi-final as a Marcus Rashford penalty was not enough with goals coming from Matthijs De Ligt, Quincy Promes and a Kyle Walker own goal for the Dutch. They did pick-up a medal at the minor tournament as they beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.
Gareth Southgate’s men were drawn into a group with Belgium, Denmark and old foes Iceland, who had beaten England in the Round of 16 at Euro 2016. The group had seen England pick up 7-points from a possible 15 with wins against Iceland and Belgium as well as a loss to the Red Devils and Denmark and a 0-0 draw against the Danes. The loss to Belgium meant the Three Lions could only finish second, should Denmark taste defeat in Belgium this evening.
With nothing to play for, for either side, with Iceland being relegated to League B already, it will be interesting to see who Southgate puts out onto the pitch. The likes of Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have already been ruled out but there are plenty of players who could feature. The England boss could also put out an experiment side with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka in the squad.
The other game in the group between Belgium and Denmark will decide who reaches the Finals next summer alongside France, Spain and Italy/Netherlands/Poland. Belgium currently lead the group by 2-points so Denmark have to win in order to make the finals whilst a draw is enough for the Red Devils.
Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Harry Winks, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Where to watch?
As usual, with all Nations League matches, the game at Wembley will be shown on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event with coverage starting at 7pm (KO 7.45pm)
England 3-1 Iceland
Southgate will certainly need a better showing for his side tonight with many fans questioning his credentials as the England boss. It is also the last time a lot of these players will have the chance to link-up so a good showing tonight could put them on the plane to the Euro’s in the summer.