Iceland – England
Iceland hosts England in the capital Reykjavik in a match from Group 2 of League A of the Nations League. Sadly, this wonderful game is going to be played in front of empty stands because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s take a look during this preview.
Iceland failed to qualify for the next European Championship, but despite this the Swedish manager Erik Hamren kept his job as a head coach. He’s going to continue managing the Vikings and the expectations are really high. The truth is Hamren has a pretty good squad to work with and maybe the team just needs a little bit more luck.
In January Iceland played two friendly games which are also their last up to date. In the matter of four days the Vikings achieved two 1-0 wins over Canada and El Salvador. It’s not clear what their current condition is, though. The COVID-19 pandemic affected us all and the football teams are not an exception.
England had a wonderful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. The Three Lions continue to perform amazingly good under the management of Gareth Southgate. They finished first in their qualifying group and lost just once – against the Czech Republic away from home.
Gareth Southgate took some interesting decisions for the next two matches. He called up the two youngsters Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood who are among the most talented players in the country. Everyone will watch how Foden and Greenwood perform – they are an exceptional talents.
England played their last official game in November when they won with 4-0 their visit to Kosovo. Now the Three Lions will try to make a statement against a very good Icelandic team.
That’s our preview for the Nations League game between Iceland and England on Saturday. England are surely the favourites here, but don’t think it would be easy for them. It’s not easy to play against the Icelandic Vikings.