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1055 vs. Iceland
  Wednesday, 18 November 2020
UEFA Nations League 2020-21 League A Group two match

England 4 Iceland 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7.45pm
Attendance: behind closed doors

Jack Grealish kicked off
after 'taking the knee'
Kári Árnason won the toss
94½ minutes 46:20 & 48:01
[1-0] Declan Rice header 20 19:41
headed down from 8 yards past Kristinsson into the far post from a Phil Foden 21-yard free-kick
[2-0] Mason Mount 24
poked in from 7 yards low past Kristinsson after Harry Kane deflected the ball down to Mount
[3-0] Phil Foden 80 79:37
 left-footed strike across the goal from 8 yards from a Jadon Sancho lay off
[4-0] Phil Foden 84 83:52
 20 yard left footed strike low to Halldórsson's left from a Harry Winks pass
Birkir Már Sævarsson sent off 53:02: ten men
black armbands worn by each side, England for Ray Clemence, Iceland for Per Hamrén (the father of Head Coach, Eric, who died on 15 November) and a minutes applause preceded the match
Kyle Walker
12 11:45
Birkir Már Sævarsson 11 10:41
  Sverrir Ingi Ingason 49 48:16
Birkir Már Sævarsson 54 53:00
Expulsion: Birkir Már Sævarsson 54 53:02
Kári Árnason 72 71:54
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Alan Smith


Officials from Portugal England Squad


Iceland Squad
Referee (yellow)
Fábio Veríssimo
37 (26 December 1982), Peniche, FIFA-listed 2015
17 Goal Attempts 2
10 Attempts on Target 0
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Luis Campos Rui Teixeira
39 (23 August 1981)
8 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Emanuel Carvalho Nobre 32 (24 November 1988), Caldas da Rainha, FIFA-listed 2019.
UEFA Referee Observer - Ichko Lozev
, Bulgaria
UEFA Delegate - Borja Bilbao, Spain
3 Offside Calls Against 1
14 Fouls Conceded 17
77% Possession 23%

England Team

Rank FIFA (22nd October 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 11th
Colours The Nike 2020 home jersey - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with dark blue side stripe, white socks.
Captain Harry Kane
Manager Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
²⁵ most goals as captain
29th of 71, W 17 - D 5 - L 7 - F 68 - A 27.
  Eric Dier 75:17 P 49th of 102, W 28 - D 10 - L 10 - F 100 - A 37.
England Lineup
    three changes to the previous match (Mings, Henderson & Chilwell out) league position (5th November) - 7 games played    
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 26
256 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 4th) 30 27ᵍᵃ
the 123rd/124th players to reach the 30-app milestone
2 Walker, Kyle A., off 64th min. 30
174 days
28 May 1990 RD
Manchester City FC (PL 10th)

12th min. after his challenge on Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson.
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 26
308 days
15 January 1994 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 3rd) 45 3
5 Maguire, J. Harry 27
258 days
5 March 1993 LD Manchester United FC (PL 15th) 30 2
the 123rd/124th players to reach the 30-app milestone
3 Trippier, Kieran J., off 85th min. 30
60 days
19 September 1990 RWB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 25 1
Mount, Mason T., off 64th min. 21
313 days
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC (PL 7th) 13 3
Rice, Declan 21
309 days
14 January 1999 LM West Ham United FC (PL 14th) 13 1
20 Saka, Bukayo A.T. 19
74 days
5 September 2001 LWB Arsenal FC (PL 9th) 4 0
Foden, Philip W. 20
174 days
28 May 2000 RAM Manchester City FC (PL 10th) 3 2
the 362nd (229th post-war) brace scored youngest brace at Wembley
Kane, Harry E., off 76th min. 27
113 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 3rd) 51 32
16 Grealish, Jack P., off 76th min. 25
69 days
10 September 1995 LAM Aston Villa FC (PL 8th) 5 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Iceland 0
12 Mings, Tyrone D., on 64th min. (63:18) for Walker 27
250 days
13 March 1993 LD Aston Villa FC (PL 8th) 7 4 0
Winks, Harry B., on 64th min. (63:34) for Mount 24
290 days
2 February 1996 R/CM Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 3rd) 10 8 1
final app 2017-20
Sancho, Jadon M., on 76th min. (75:16) for Grealish 20
238 days
25 March 2000 LM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 18 9 3
21 Bakumo-Abraham, K.O. Tamaraebi, on 76th min. (75:23) for Kane 23
47 days
2 October 1997
Chelsea FC (PL 7th) 6 1 1
Chelsea's 100th substitute for England
scoreline: England 4 Iceland 0
17 Maitland-Niles, Ainsley C., on 85th min (84:30) for Trippier 23
81 days
29 August 1997 CD Arsenal FC (PL 9th) 5 1 0
final app 2020
result: England 4 Iceland 0
unused substitutes:
(5 permitted for the November round of fixtures)
6-Michael Keane, 13-Nick Pope, 15-Ben Chilwell, 18-Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 22-Dean Henderson, 23-Jude Bellingham.

team notes:

Jordan Pickford and Harry Kane remain the only players to have played in all of England's Nations League matches, with Pickford starting them all.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.


It is now 600 matches since England won the World Cup Final in 1966.
The 200th clean sheet in the 449 matches on English soil.
This is England's tenth match on this date, winning all ten.
Declan Rice's goal was the 200th England goal in the month of November.
After 111 matches in November, this is the first time three of them have come in one year.
Phil Foden becomes the youngest player to have scored two goals in a match at Wembley, taking 34 days off the record set by Bobby Charlton in 1958.
3-4-3 Pickford -
(Mings), Dier, Maguire -
(Maitland-Niles), Mount (Winks), Rice, Saka -
Foden, Kane
(Abraham), Grealish (Sancho)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 93 days Appearances/Goals 24.7 3.6

Iceland Team



FIFA (22 October 2020) 40th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
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.
Captain Kári Árnason Manager Erik Anders Hamrén, 63 (27 June 1957 in Ljusdal, Sweden), appointed 8 August 2018.
Final Match in charge P 28 - W 9 - D 5 - L 14 - F 29 - A 50.
Iceland Lineup
12 Kristinsson, Ögmundur, off half time 31
152 days
19 June 1989 G Olympiakás Sýndesmos Filáthlon Peiraiós, Greece 17 ?ᵍᵃ
2 Sævarsson, Birkir Már 36
7 days
11 November 1984

Knattspyrnufélagið Valur



23rd expulsion vs. England
11th min. following a late kick on Bukayo Saka.
53rd min. for another foul on Saka, as he tugged him running into the area.
5 Ingason, Sverrir Ingi 27
105 days
5 August 1993
Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón, Greece
 49th min. for a foul on Jack Grealish
14 Árnason, Kári 38
36 days
13 October 1982
in Göteburg, Sweden
Knattspyrnufélagið Víngur
72nd min. for his challenge on Jack Grealish, catching him on legs.
15 Hermannsson, Hjörtur 25
284 days
8 February 1995 LCD Brøndbyernes If, Denmark 18 1
23 Skúlason, Ari F. 33
188 days
14 May 1987 LB KV Oostende, Belgium 77 0
4 Pálsson, G. Victor 29
202 days
30 April 1991 RM Sv Darmstadt 1898, Germany 23 0
8 Bjarnason, Birkir, off 88th min. 32
175 days
27 May 1988 CM Brescia Calcio, Italy 92 13
16 Sigurjónsson, Rúnar Már S., off 62nd min. 30
153 days
18 June 1990 LM Astana FK, Kazakhstan 30 1
22 Böðvarsson, Jón Daði, off 73rd min. 28
177 days
25 May 1992 RF Millwall FC, England 55 3
20 Guðmundsson, Albert, off 73rd min. 23
156 days
15 June 1997 LF Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 18 3
Iceland Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Iceland 0
1 Halldórsson, Hannes Þór, on half time for Kristinsson 36
205 days
27 April 1984 G Knattspyrnufélagið Valur 74 ?ᵍᵃ
3 Eyjólfsson, Hólmar Örn, on 62nd min (61:45) for Sigurjónsson 30
104 days
6 August 1990 LD PFC Levski Sofia, Bulgaria 19 2
9 Sigþórsson, Kolbeinn, on 73rd min (72:17) for Böðvarsson 30
249 days
14 March 1990 RF Allmänna Ik, Sweden 60 26
10 Þorsteinsson, Jón Dagur, on 73rd min. (72:22) for Guðmundsson 21
358 days
26 November 1998 LM Aarhus Gymnastikforening, Denmark 6 1
scoreline: England 4 Iceland 0
7 Jóhannesson, Ísak Bergmann, on 88th min. (87:44) for Bjarnason 17
240 days
23 March 2003
in Sutton Coldfield, England
CM Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, Denmark 1 0
result: England 4 Iceland 0

unused substitutes:

6-Alfons Sampsted, 11-Andri Baldursson, 13-Rünar Alex Rünarsson, 19-Sveinn Aron Gudðohnsen, 21-Arnór Sigurðsson.

team notes:

Substitutes Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen is the son of Eiður Guðjohnsen, and Ísak Jóhannesson's father is Joey Jóhannesson. Both played for Iceland against England in June 2004.


Iceland have lost all ten of their Nations League matches in this campaign.
manager Erik Hamrén was in charge of Sweden in their matches against England on 15 November 2011, 15 June 2012 and 14 November 2012.
5-3-2 Kristinnson (Halldórsson) -
Sævarsson, Ingasson, Árnason, Hermannsson, Skúlason -
Pálsson, Bjarnason
(Jóhannesson), Sigurjónsson (Eyjólfsson) -
(Sigþórsson), Guðmundsson (Þorsteinsson).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 31 years 104 days Appearances/Goals 49.8 2.9

    Match Report by Mike Payne

As part of the Nations Cup this game at Wembley between England and Iceland had no extra significance for either side, but it did give England a chance to finish the group on a high, and an opportunity for players to impress the manager.  And by and large, they did just that.

Jack Grealish picked up straight away from where he left off in Belgium, and it was he that gave Mason Mount an early chance. Mount’s shot was blocked but it was obvious from the start that England would have lots of possession and be on the front foot for most of the time. After Jordan Pickford punched away a cross, Grealish combined with Mount and Bukayo Saka in a good move, only ended by a linesman’s flag. Kyle Walker had been sent off in the earlier match in Iceland, and in the 12th minute of this game he was in trouble again, picking up a booking for a soft challenge. The match was quite sedate, with not much happening as 15 minutes on the clock ticked by. It quite obviously needed a goal to liven things up.

After 20 minutes England duly opened the scoring following a free-kick. Grealish was fouled, as he often is, and the kick beautifully flighted in from Phil Foden was met by Declan Rice and the West Ham player showed his obvious delight in notching a good goal with a glancing header. Afterwards he said that it had come off his shoulder, and there was a case for offside had VAR been in use, but Rice certainly didn’t care too much about any of that as he had just scored his first goal for England in a moment he won’t forget in a hurry.

Now we’re talking as England step up a gear! The home side pushed forward and immediately it was almost a second for England. More good play from Grealish saw him cut the ball to Saka, who slightly miscued his close range shot and saw goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsson claw the ball away with a strong right hand. It was a fine save, but almost immediately, it really was 2-0. In the 24th minute Saka, looking very accomplished down the left, sent over a fabulous cross. It eluded Harry Kane, twice, but then ran free to Mount, who controlled the ball cleverly with his body before poking home a left-foot shot into the corner.

On the half-hour a marauding run down the left by Harry Maguire was spotted by Kane whose pass was a good one. After he picked up possession Maguire saw Foden in the clear on the right. A fine pass from Maguire set him up but once again the goalkeeper saved the day for the bewildered Iceland players. Four minutes later and Foden has another free run at goal and he let fly from 20 yards. This time Kristinsson dived full length to fingertip the goalbound shot round the post for a corner. England were well on top at this stage. Kane, without an England goal this year, did everything in his power to score on this night, continually putting in goal attempts. In the 37th minute a dribble and shot saw him pull the ball just wide and that was immediately followed by a curler that also drifted the wrong side of the post.

That was the last real action of the first-half and after the break Iceland changed their keeper, with the impressive Kristinsson going off to be replaced by Hannes Halldorsson. (They do like long names in Iceland!) Iceland were the first to show after the break with a rare attack that forced Eric Dier into a hurried clearance. The visitor’s task became even harder though after 54 minutes gone. Birkir Mar Saevarsson, who had already been booked earlier in the game, was penalised again for pulling back Saka as the full-back went past him onto another Kane pass. The referee deemed it another yellow card offence and out came the red card as well! Ironically, on the hour, the ten men almost pulled a goal back when Kari Arnason headed wide at the near post when he really ought to have scored.

Kane continued with his one-man mission to score a goal, with a shot that was blocked by a defender. He also tried with a free-kick, but that struck the defensive wall. He had played so well and kept pressing for the goal he craved but it was not his night. After the free-kick miss he was substituted as he and Grealish went off to be replaced by Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham. England had just previously brought on Tyrone Mings and Harry Winks for Walker and Mount. The half had been a little muted, but in the 80th minute it all burst into life again.

A fabulous move down the left involving Sancho and Saka ended with the former teeing up Foden who stroked home an excellent finish with his educated left-foot. And that wasn’t the end of Foden’s impressive night as five minutes later he received a pass from Winks, took a couple of strides and fired in a superb ground shot that flew past the keeper for number four. And with that goal Foden became the youngest England player to score two goals in a match at Wembley.

A good win for England, as they outclassed the Icelanders. This current crop of England players really do look good at times, and if manager Gareth Southgate can sort his best eleven and his best formation, then who knows what they might achieve.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor