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1009 vs. Iceland
  Saturday, 5 September 2020
UEFA Nations League 2020-21 League A Group two match

Iceland 0 England 1 [0-0]

Players lost since last match
Martin Peters (21 December) 76
Brian Pilkington (7 February) 86
Peter Bonetti (12 April) 78
Norman Hunter (17 April) 76
Trevor Cherry (29 April) 72
Jack Charlton (10 July) 85
Gerry Young (1 September) 83

Laugardalsvöllur, Laugardalular, Reykjavík
Kick-off (GMT): 4.00pm 5:00pm (BST)
Attendance: behind closed doors

Birkir Bjarnason kicked-off
after both teams 'took the knee'
Harry Kane won the toss
94½ minutes 45:00 & 49:32
[0-0] Harry Kane scores: ruled offside 5:55
Sverrir Ingi Ingason sent off 89: ten men

[0-1] Birkir Bjarnason penalty 90+3 92:37
 right-footed strike over the bar as Pickford dived to his right
(Gomez fouled Guðmundsson 91:09 awarded 91:10)
Kyle Walker sent off 70: ten men
[0-1] Raheem Sterling penalty 90+1 90:09
right-footed placed shot straight down the middle as Halldórsson dived left
(Ingason handball 88:17 awarded 88:19)
England's 2200 goal scored

Sverrir Ingi Ingason
43 3041:15
Kyle Walker 33 32:30

Sverrir Ingi Ingason
89 88:56
Kyle Walker 70 69:42
Kyle Walker 70 69:44
Sverrir Ingi Ingason
89 88:58

Joe Gomez
92 91:15
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Alan Smith


Officials from Israel Iceland Squad


England Squad

Referee (black)
Srđan Jovanović
 34 (9 April 1986), Beograd, FIFA-listed 2015
2 Goal Attempts 11
0 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Uroš Stojković
36 (4 November 1983)
Milan Mihajlović
42 (14 August 1978), Beograd
1 Corner Kicks Won 7
Fourth official
Novak Simović
38 (18 May 1982)
UEFA Referee Observer - Jon Skjervold, Norway
UEFA Delegate -
Aristeidis Stavropoulos, Greece
3 Offside Calls Against 4
12 Fouls Conceded 8
26% Possession 74%

Iceland Team



FIFA (16 July 2020) 39th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
=44th to 45th
Colours: Made by Puma - Electric blue lemonade v-necked jerseys with darker blue shadowed boxes and red random vertical lines, true blue shorts, electric blue socks.
Capt: Kári Árnason Manager: Erik Anders Hamrén, 63 (27 June 1957 in Ljusdal, Sweden), appointed 8 August 2018,
21st match, W 8 - D 5 - L 8 - F 23 - A 31.
Iceland Lineup
1 Halldórsson, Hannes Þór 36
131 days
27 April 1984 G Knattspyrnufélagið Valur 70 0
2 Hermannsson, Hjörtur 25
210 days
8 February 1995 RB Brøndbyernes If, Denmark 15 1
5 Ingason, Sverrir Ingi 27
31 days
5 August 1993 RCD
Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón, Greece

22nd expulsion against England
43rd min. after bringing down Harry Kane in the centre circle.
89th min. after stopping a Raheem Sterling shot with his elbow. SUSPENDED.
14 Árnason, Kári 37
328 days
13 October 1982
in Göteburg, Sweden
LCD Knattspyrnufélagið Víngur 84 6
18 Magnússon, Hörður Björgvin 27
207 days
11 February 1993 LB PFC Central Sports Club of the Army, Russia 29 2
21 Traustason, Arnór Ingvi, off 76th min. 27
128 days
30 April 1993 RM Malmö FF, Sweden 34 5
8 Bjarnason, Birkir 32
101 days
27 May 1988 RCM Brescia Calcio, Italy 85 13
81st penalty kick awarded (29th missed)
4 Pálsson, G. Victor 27
128 days
30 April 1991 LCM Sv Darmstadt 1898, Germany 16 0
15 Þorsteinsson, Jón Dagur, off 66th min 21
284 days
26 November 1998 LM Aarhus Gymnastikforening, Denmark 4 1
11 Guðmundsson, Albert 23
82 days
15 June 1997 RF Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 12 3
22 Böðvarsson, Jón Daði, off 92nd min. 28
103 days
25 May 1992 LF Millwall FC, England 49 3
Iceland Substitutes
10 Sigurðsson, Arnúr, on 66th min. (65:02) for Þorsteinsson 21
113 days
15 May 1999 LM PFC Central Sports Club of the Army, Russia 9 1
20 Hallfreðsson, Emil, on 76th min (75:18) for Traustason 36
68 days
29 June 1984 RM unattached 72 1
scoreline: Iceland 0 England 1
17 Friðjónsson, Samúel K., on 92nd min. (91:15) for Böðvarsson 24
196 days
22 February 1996 LF SC Paderborn 07, Germany 9 0
result: Iceland 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

3-Jón Guðni Fjóluson, 6-Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, 7-Hólmbert Friðjónsson, 12-Ögmundur Kristinsson, 13-Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, 16-Mikael Anderson, 19-Andri Baldursson, 23-Ari Skúlason.

team notes:

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson was the the original named right-forward. He picked up an injury during the warm-up and was replaced by Albert Guðmundsson


Iceland have lost all five of their Nations League games by an aggregate score of 1-14.
Ingason's sending off is possibly the latest against England. The very first, Manuel Grimaldo, for Peru in 1962, was also an 89th minute sending-off.
manager Erik Hamrén was in charge of Sweden in their matches against England on 15 November 2011, 15 June 2012 and 14 November 2012.
4-4-2 Halldórsson -
Hermannsson, Ingason, Árnason, Magnússon -
Traustason (Hallfreðsson), Bjarnason, Pálsson, Þorsteinsson (Sigurðsson) -
Guðmundsson, Böðvarsson (Friðjónsson)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 293 days Appearances/Goals 38.9 3.4

England Team



FIFA (16th July 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 11th to =8th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home shirt - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with navy blue side trim, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ²⁵
25th, W 16 - D 4 - L 5 - F 64 - A 24.
Eric Dier 77:35
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
42nd match, W 25 - D 9 - L 8 - F 88 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 26
182 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 25 23ᵍᵃ
11th goalkeeper to face three penalty kicks
2 Walker, Kyle A. 30
100 days
28 May 1990 RB

Manchester City FC



16th player to be sent off for England
33rd min. after he bundled over Albert Guðmundsson as they were ran.
70th min after lunging into Arnor Traustason. SUSPENDED
3 Trippier, Kieran J.. 29
352 days
19 September 1990 LB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 20 1
the 186th player to reach the 20-app milestone
4 Rice, Declan 21
235 days
14 January 1999 DM West Ham United FC 8 0
5 Gomez, Joseph D. 23
105 days
23 May 1997 LCD Liverpool FC



92nd min. after he bundled into Albert Guðmundsson as they ran into area. PENALTY
6 Dier, Eric J.E. 26
234 days
15 January 1994 RCD Tottenham Hotspur FC 41 3
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 25
272 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
L/RF Manchester City FC 57 13
92nd penalty-kick scored (126)
8 Ward-Prowse, James M.E. 25
309 days
1 November 1994 LM Southampton FC 3 0
9 Sancho, Jadon M., off 73rd min. 20
164 days
25 March 2000 R/LF Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 12 2
10 Kane, Harry E., off 78th min. 27
39 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 46 32
1247 11 Foden, Philip W., off 68th min. 20
100 days
28 May 2000 RM Manchester City FC 1 0
the 50th player from City to represent England
England Substitutes
21 Ings, Daniel W.J., on 68th min. (67:55) for Foden 28
44 days
23 July 1992 RM Southampton FC 2 0 0
38th player from Southampton to represent England
12 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., on 73rd min. (72:45) for Sancho 21
334 days
7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC 10 8 1
93 23
Greenwood, Mason W.J., on 78th min. (77:35) for Kane
340 days
1 October 2001 CF
Manchester United FC 1 0
64th teenager for England the 68th player from United to represent England only app 2020
result: Iceland 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

13-Nick Pope, 14-Tyrone Mings, 15-Michael Keane, 16-Jack Grealish, 17-Mason Mount, 18-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 19-Conor Coady, 20-Kalvin Phillips, 22-Dean Henderson.

team notes:

England's first visit to Reykjavík since June 1982.
Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford are the only two to have featured in all seven Nation League matches.


Danny Ings made his first appearance for 1790 days. The longest gap between England games for an outfield player since Lee Dixon went 1911 days between 1993 and 1999.
Walker became the first England player to be sent off since Raheem Sterling vs. Ecuador in June 2014.
This is only the second time England have won with ten men, although previously, in October 2005, England had to hold on to their lead. On this occasion, England scored with ten men.
Raheem Sterling has now scored three Nations League goals, equal with Marcus Rashford.

Stering's goal is England's 750th goal scored on a Saturday.
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Dier, Gomez, Trippier -
Foden (Ings), Rice, Ward-Prowse -
Sterling, Kane
(Greenwood), Sancho (Alexander-Arnold)
notes: Sancho & Sterling swapped wings throughout the match

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 92 days Appearances/Goals 24.6 4.5

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Blimey, it has been a long time since I wrote my last report for this website!  I do hope you are all okay and looking forward to a new football season.  Who would have thought that after the away game in Kosovo last November, that it would be almost 10 months before England’s next match?

Anyway, here we are at last, and I’m delighted to be back reporting on the first of England’s group matches in the Nations League.  Not many of us will ever forget our last meeting with Iceland, we probably would have been no better that day, if we had been playing Lidl or Aldi!!  At last we had a chance of revenge, if that is the right word.  Our team for the trip to the Icelandic capital saw several new faces in the squad and one of them, Phil Foden, making his full International debut.  It did not take long to work out the pattern that this match would take.

Initially, Iceland pushed up on England, but after five or so minutes, the possession of the England players forced Iceland back into their well-organised defensive system.  Now all that was left was for England to work out a way to break them down.  Having 82% possession, which is what happened in the first-half, counts for nothing if there is no end product, and sadly, that was England’s failing on this day.  They huffed and puffed and went from side to side, trying to draw Iceland out, but the home side’s plan was obviously to frustrate England to the point of despair, and England struggled to work the problem out.

I don’t think I have seen an England match so devoid of incident, although things may have been different had a Harry Kane goal not been disallowed in the sixth minute.  Kieran Trippier’s free-kick from the left went through everyone, and there was Kane to prod the ball in at the far post.  Alas, the flag went up, and as there is no VAR in these group games, there could be no argument.  To be fair to the officials, even VAR may have had a little difficulty sorting that one out.  That goal was badly needed in the context of this match, as it may have forced Iceland to change their tactics slightly, although even that was doubtful.

England dominated the game from then on, promising much but achieving little.  Jadon Sancho, the highly rated winger, frustrated "the crowd" (us) by not using his pace and skill to the full, checking back too often instead of attacking the line.  He did combine well with Kyle Walker in one attack, for the full-back to fire in a shot deflected for a corner.  In midfield, Foden started well, but faded as the game went on, and James Ward-Prowse worked hard to find openings, but there was a lack of urgency in England’s play.  Raheem Sterling, probed and threatened a few times and looked the most likely forward to score.  In one attack, Declan Rice missed a sitter in the 18th minute when his feet would not respond to his brain, and the chance was lost.

The Icelanders were in no mood to give England anything, they were physical and determined and on a rare sortie towards the England penalty area, Joe Gomez had to be smart to intercept a cross.  The Iceland goalkeeper, Hans Halldorsson, was well protected by the mass of defenders in front of him and England found every route to goal blocked.  Just after the half-hour Walker picked up a booking and that was the only other highlight of a very poor half.

Not much changed after the interval, with England continuing to try and find a way through, and Iceland content to frustrate their opponents.  One Trippier free-kick clipped the top of  a defender’s head, and only just went past the far post, so nearly an own goal.

Gareth Southgate took a while to decide upon changes, and there was only 22 minutes left when he brought on Danny Ings for Foden, to try and pep up an attack that had seen precious few chances come their way.  But then, just two minutes later, Walker’s silly and reckless challenge earned him a second yellow card, and then a red, as he was sent off.  Southgate sent on Trent Alexander-Arnold to replace Sancho, and shortly afterwards, Mason Green made his debut, with Kane going off.  England could still not find a way through, and the game seemed destined for a goalless draw.  Little did we know what would happen next.

In the 89th minute, a cross from the right found Sterling and he fired in a fierce shot only for Sverrir Ingason to throw himself at the ball, which struck his hands.  Penalty!  A bit harsh, but if it strikes the hands these day in the area, it’s a penalty.  With Ingason already having a booking to his name, his second yellow also saw his red card dismissal, ten against ten now!  With Kane off the field, Sterling was given the ball.  Goodness me, the penalty was not convincing, tapped gently down the middle by Sterling, but very obligingly, Halldorsson dived out of the way and England had scored.  game over, or so we thought.

Straight from the kick-off, Gomez was caught napping the wrong side of Albert Guomundsson, and clattered the forward over for a penalty at the other end, no argument.  The Gods continued to smile on England though as Birkir Bjarnason leaned back to fire the spot-kick high, wide and not so handsome for Iceland.  Talk about a "get out of jail free" card!

A win is a win I suppose, although so much more will be needed from England when we travel to Denmark for our next game.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor