England v Iceland

England's Jamie Vardy, manager Roy Hodgson and Dele Alli

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    England manager Roy Hodgson is expected to restore captain Wayne Rooney, and the Tottenham quartet of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.

    Daniel Sturridge could play on the right side of attack with Kane in the centre and Adam Lallana on the left.

    Iceland were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same line-up in all three of their group games.

    Alfred Finnbogason will be back on the bench after missing the win against Austria through suspension.

    England’s Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand are one booking away from a ban.

    While a yellow card for Iceland’s Kari Arnason, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Sævarsson, Ari Skulason and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson would see them miss a potential quarter-final.


    Paraguay (1986), Belgium & Cameroon (1990), Spain (1996) Denmark (2002) and Ecuador (2006) are the only countries England have ever managed to beat in a knockout game at a major tournament since 1966.

    It’s a remarkable statistic, and failure to add Iceland to that list will almost certainly end the tenure of manager Roy Hodgson. Heavily criticised for making six changes for the match with Slovakia, he has faced the music this week and his press conferences have been fiery. Against Iceland, the heat is on.

    Hodgson dismissed any thought he is treating Iceland lightly as “laughable” and sent a five-man scouting team, including Gary Neville and Dave Watson, to watch their dramatic win over Austria that sent them into the last 16. England may have completed 1315 passes to Iceland’s 485, and have had 64 shots to their 23, yet the Nordic nation outscored them and garnered more points during the group stage.

    Iceland are an impressively well-drilled side and have been backed by an equally impressive army of supporters. They had approximately 10,000 fans at their last two matches, which is around 3% of their total population. If England did the same, Nice’s stadium would have to have a stadium that accommodated roughly 1.6m Three Lions supporters.

    Can a country with the population the size of Leicester’s pull off the unthinkable? Reaching the quarters would be a feat akin to the Foxes’ Premier League title triumph. If they do, somebody better buy Icelandic commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson some throat sweets if he is to repeat his epic description of their winner against Austria.

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    • This will be the third encounter between England and Iceland. So far, England are unbeaten, having drawn 1-1 in June 1982 in a World Cup warm-up match and then enjoying a 6-1 victory in June 2004 ahead of that year’s European Championship.


    • This is the first time England have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive European Championship tournaments.
    • England are unbeaten in their last 10 games at a Euros (shoot-outs excluded). Their last defeat was against France in 2004.
    • However, England’s last four knockout matches in this tournament have all gone to penalties. They won the first shoot-out (v Spain in 1996) but have since then lost the last three (v Germany in 1996, v Portugal in 2004, v Italy in 2012).
    • England have had 46 more shots than their opponents (Russia, Wales, Slovakia) over their first three games at Euro 2016 but have only scored one more goal.
    • Their three goals at Euro 2016 have all been scored from the 56th minute onwards.
    • If Wayne Rooney plays, it will be his 115th cap which would equal David Beckham’s record for most games by an outfield player for England. He scored a brace against Iceland in his only previous game against them back in June 2004.
    • Rooney scored four goals in his first three games at a major tournament with England, which were all at Euro 2004. However, since then, he has scored just two goals in 17 games.


    • Iceland have only lost once in their last nine competitive matches (W4, D4).
    • All three of Iceland’s group games at Euro 2016 have seen both teams score.
    • They were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same line-up in all three of their group games.
    • Striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has only had two shots in 245 minutes at Euro 2016 – neither of them were on target.
    • Hannes Thor Halldorsson has made more saves than any other goalkeeper at this tournament (18).
    • Halldorsson has found Sigthorsson with 30 passes/long kicks, the most from a goalkeeper to a striker at Euro 2016.

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