England vs Iceland

England vs Iceland

In the last tussle for the quarter-finals, England will face Iceland in Stade de Nice today.Iceland has played  with the same line-up in all of their group games and is likely to go with the same team. There are seven Iceland players who if get the yellow card again will miss the quarter-final – Kari Arnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Birkir Sævarsson, Ari Skulason, Hannes Halldorsson, and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. England’s Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand are one booking away from a ban.

England vs Iceland
England vs Iceland

MATCH PREVIEW at England vs Iceland

Iceland has got tremendous support from an impressive army of supporters. 10,000 fans were supporting Iceland at their last two matches, which is around 3% of their total population.

Looking at how England played three games so far and they’ve had all the chances to win all of them, convincingly.

After his last season with Leicester, Jamie Vardy showed his speed to sprint through against Slovakia in the last game but could not score a goal.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

England is unbeaten in last two encounters against Iceland, this will be the third encounter. In the last two matches, England enjoyed a 6-1 victory in June 2004 and played a drawn 1-1 in June 1982 in a World Cup warm-up match.

England

  • This is the second consecutive appearance for England in the knockout stages of European Championship tournaments.
  • England is invincible in their last 10 games at a Euros excluding shoot-outs. Last time, they suffered defeat was against France in 2004.
  • Last four knockout matches of England in this tournament have all gone to penalties to decide the fate of the match. They won the first shoot-out (v Spain in 1996) but have since then lost the remaining three- vs Germany in 1996, vs Portugal in 2004, vs Italy in 2012.
  • Against Russia, Wales, and Slovakia, England has had 46 more shots over their first three games at Euro 2016 but have managed to score one more goal.
  • At Euro 2016, all three goals have all been scored by England were from the 56th minute onwards.
  • If Wayne Rooney plays today, this will be his 115th cap, he will now hold the record for most games by an outfield player for England along with David Beckham.
  • At a major tournament for England, Rooney scored four goals in his first three games, which were all at Euro 2004. Since then in 17 games, he has scored just two goals.

Iceland

Iceland has won four games except one lost in their last nine competitive matches while four were drawn.

All three of Iceland’s group games at Euro 2016, Iceland scored and also conceded goals.

They have played with the same line-up in their group stage games at Euro 2016, they were the only team to do this, along with Spain.

Iceland’s Striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has only had two shots in 245 minutes at Euro 2016 – neither of them was on target.

Hannes Thor Halldorsson has made more saves 18 possible goals which are more than any other goalkeeper at this tournament

England

Defenders: G Cahill, C Smalling, Danny Rose, J Stones, Kyle Walker, R Bertrand, N Clyne

Midfielders: Dele Alli, A Lallana, Ross Barkley, J Milner, Eric Dier, J Henderson, Raheem Sterling, J Wilshere

Goalkeepers: J Hart, Tom Heaton, F Forster

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, H Kane, Jamie Vardy, D Sturridge, M Rashford

Iceland

Goalkeepers: H Halldorsson, Ogmundur Kristinsson, I Jonsson

Defenders: Ari Skulason, H Magnusson, Hjortur Hermannsson, R Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, B Sævarsson, H H Hauksson

Midfielders: E Hallfredsson, G Sigurdsson, A Gunnarsson, T Elmar Bjarnason, A Ingvi Traustason, B Bjarnason, J Gudmundsson, E Gudjohnsen, R M Sigurjonsson

Forwards: K Sigthorsson, A Finnbogason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

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