Broadcast Euro 2016 England v Iceland 27.06.2016 at 22:00

Euro 2016 England v Iceland Broadcast

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England v Iceland Line-ups

Official squad list

Official squad list

England

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Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Joe Hart 29 Man. City
13 Fraser Forster 28 Southampton
23 Tom Heaton 30 Burnley

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Kyle Walker 26 Tottenham
3 Danny Rose 25 Tottenham
5 Gary Cahill 30 Chelsea
6 Chris Smalling 26 Man. United
12 Nathaniel Clyne 25 Liverpool
16 John Stones 22 Everton
21 Ryan Bertrand Doubtful 26 Southampton

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
4 James Milner 30 Liverpool
7 Raheem Sterling 21 Man. City
8 Adam Lallana 28 Liverpool
14 Jordan Henderson 25 Liverpool
17 Eric Dier 22 Tottenham
18 Jack Wilshere 24 Arsenal
19 Ross Barkley 22 Everton
20 Dele Alli 20 Tottenham

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
9 Harry Kane 22 Tottenham
10 Wayne Rooney 30 Man. United
11 Jamie Vardy 29 Leicester
15 Daniel Sturridge 26 Liverpool
22 Marcus Rashford 18 Man. United
 

Iceland

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Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Hannes Halldórsson 32 Bodø/Glimt
12 Ögmundur Kristinsson 26 Hammarby
13 Ingvar Jónsson 26 Sandefjord

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Birkir Sævarsson 31 Hammarby
3 Haukur Heidar Hauksson 24 AIK
4 Hjörtur Hermannsson 21 Goteborg
5 Sverrir Ingason 22 Lokeren
6 Ragnar Sigurdsson 29 Krasnodar
18 Elmar Bjarnason 29 AGF
19 Hordur Magnússon 23 Cesena
21 Arnor Ingvi Traustason 23 Norrkoping
23 Ari Skúlason 29 OB

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
8 Birkir Bjarnason 28 Basel
10 Gylfi Sigurdsson 26 Swansea
14 Kari Arnason 33 Malmo
16 Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson 25 Sundsvall
17 Aron Gunnarsson 27 Cardiff
20 Emil Hallfredsson 31 Udinese

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
7 Johann Gudmundsson 25 Charlton
9 Kolbeinn Sigthórsson 26 Nantes
11 Alfred Finnbogason 27 Augsburg
15 Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 24 Kaiserslautern
22 Eidur Gudjohnsen 37 Molde

Fréttablaðið looks back to the history of Iceland v England with the headline “Now the sheep will kick back”.

They look at the game between the two teams in 2004, where England won 6-1. The Icelandic team was of course not at the same level as this side, but had still just missed out on a place in the playoffs before Euro 2004.

They go on and say that it won’t be anything like that tonight. Iceland are at the same stage as England now and won as many points as them in the group stage. There are more stars in the English side, but Iceland has a team unity for the ages.

The day has arrived. Iceland will meet England in Nice tonight in, once again, the biggest game in Icelandic football history. Morgunblaðið asks on its sports section front page whether the team can go further.

It also looks back to the past as Iceland’s first professional footballer, Albert Gudmundsson, played in Nice back in the day.

Iceland will hope to create even more history here today.

More on suggestions Raheem Sterling could start for England against Iceland. The Manchester City winger did not feature against Slovakia last Monday after his half-time substitution in the second Group B game against Wales. This came on the back of a mixed first season at City but reports last week said he had received a call from Pep Guardiola, his new manager in Manchester, assuring the 21-year-old that he featured in the Spaniard’s plans.

Tellingly perhaps, Wayne Rooney talked up Sterling in the pre-match press conference at the Stade de Nice, saying there was no evidence of a lack of confidence on the winger’s part.

“He’s been normal around the camp and, on the training pitch, he’s been fantastic, sharp, taking players on, scoring goals,” said Rooney. “There’s no issue with Raheem at all. His attitude isn’t questioned. He stays behind after training doing what he does normally, and he’s a huge asset to us as a team. He’s a fantastic player and one who can turn the game in a split-second.”

The morning’s newspapers are suggesting that Raheem Sterling will return to the England starting lineup against Iceland, displacing Adam Lallana and joining Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge in a front three.

Sterling as the only natural winger in Roy Hodgson’s squad would, it must be hoped, help stretch the Iceland defence, injecting some pace and enhancing the threat from the wide areas against opponents expected to sit deep in a bid to frustrate England.

For England fans of a nostalgic bent (and the cynic might say supporting England leaves you with no other option), it’s 20 years today since that memorable, if ultimately heartbreaking, Euro ’96 semi-final defeat on penalties against Germany at Wembley.

You actually have to go back to that summer for the last (and only) time England’s footballers actually won a knockout match at a European Championship final tournament – the quarter-final victory over Spain (and that was on penalties).

In other words, the task of beating Iceland is a not insignificant one for England, given their record in this competition down the years.

Wayne Rooney was quite sensible not to dwell on the prospect of a quarter-final against France when asked about it in the press conference earlier. “There’s no point me speaking about it now – we have to get there first,” he said, and Rooney, as the squad’s most senior player, will not need reminding of England’s past struggles against less-fancied opponents on the biggest stages having been on the pitch, after all, for the stalemates with Algeria and Costa Rica at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

 

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