International Friendlies | England VS Iceland; Saturday 08 June at 02:45 GMT +8

England’s Gareth Southgate has been praised for his squad’s performance since failing to secure a major competition win in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. They secured qualification for the Euros by topping Group C with 20 points from eight games.

Iceland will miss the Euros for the second time in a row, finishing third in their group with only ten points from ten matches. Despite this, they still have a chance to secure a European Championship place through the Playoffs. Åge Hareide’s team lost to Ukraine in the second half.

The Tree Lions, despite lacking key players like Foden, Bellingham, Rice, and Kane, demonstrated dominance against Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring three goals without conceding a shot. England’s record against Iceland is strong, with wins in all four meetings, with one ending with less than two goals. Iceland, with nine of their last ten games featuring a goal, is expected to score at least once.

England’s win over Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the first time since 1994 that the starting eleven did not include players from Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, or Manchester United. Cole Palmer made his debut for Chelsea, but Gareth Southgate is expected to make significant changes to his squad.

Icelandic national team captain Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is the most experienced player in the squad, having made 91 appearances and scoring eight times. The youngest players, Kristian Hlynsson and Hlynur Freyr Karlsson, have made only one appearance each on the international stage

Predicted lineups:


Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Ezri Konsa, Lewis Dunk, Marc Guéhi
Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice, James Maddison
Forwards: Cole Palmer, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane


Goalkeeper: Hákon Valdimarsson
Defenders: Gudmundur Thórarinsson, Victor Pálsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Daníel Leó Grétarsson
Midfielders: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson, Hákon Arnar Haraldsson, Arnór Ingvi Traustason
Forwards: Albert Guðmundsson, Andri Guðjohnsen

  • England – 2 wins
  • Iceland – 1 win
  • Draws – —

Over all competition record

Iceland has the potential to score against England, but their chances may be limited. Expect a narrow 2-1 victory for England after 90 minutes.

Winning probability:

England – 65%

Draw – 23%

Iceland – 12%

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