Our prediction for this Nations League match:
England kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a game against Iceland in Reykjavik. Over the years the Three Lions have established themselves as one of the best European teams, and they surely want to continue where they left in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. England are eyeing their fourth consecutive win, and you should bear in mind that they scored 17 goals in total in the previous three league fixtures. The Icelanders, on the other hand, look solid at the back, with the team keeping a clean sheet in four of their last five games in all competitions.
England boss Gareth Southgate has a number of young and talented players to choose from, but, as always, all eyes will be on duo Raheem Sterling – Harry Kane. Man Utd rising star Mason Greenwood could make his England debut against Iceland. Anyhow, away win should be considered as there will be no spectators at Laugardalsvollur.
Highlighted Player (Aron Gunnarsson):
Aron Gunnarsson started his youth career at Akureyri and after making 11 appearances for the senior team, he joined AZ Alkmaar in 2006. The midfielder, who was born on 22 April, 1988, was not happy at AZ as he played no more than one game for the Dutch outfit in two seasons and, as a result, he decided to leave the club on 17 June, 2008.
The Icelandic footballer signed a three-year deal with Coventry City and it has to be noted that he scored 6 goals in 123 league appearances for the English club. On 8 July, 2011, he joined Cardiff City on a free transfer and he made 45 appearances for the Welsh outfit in the 2014/2015 Championship campaign, scoring four goals for the club.
Aron Gunnarson, though, played just 28 games for the Bluebirds in the 2015/2016 season and you should have in mind that he netted two goals for the team in the league. Gunnarson represented Iceland at the Euro 2016 finals and he made his 64th appearance for the national team at the tournament in France.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions.
England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age.
Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.