Nations League: Iceland v England
Venue: Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik Date: Saturday 5 September (17:00 BST)Coverage: Full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, live text commentary and report on BBC Sport website and app.
“I’m sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen.
“There can be no doubt about the result. I believe we’ve made great steps, but we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.”I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business. It’s been a fantastic journey.
“The country requires fresh leadership. Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.”What TV channel is it on?You can watch this one on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.
What is the team news?
Gareth Southgate has hinted that he is ready to hand Phil Foden his England debut against Iceland with his Manchester City team-mate Kyle Walker also in contention to make his first international appearance for over a year, Matt Law reports.
England take on Iceland in the Nations League on Saturday and manager Southgate has made it clear that he feels 20-year-old midfielder Foden is ready to step straight into his side.
Southgate has issues to solve in his midfield with Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley unavailable and not part of his squad, and Mason Mount having to make up ground over his fitness after undertaking a period of coronavirus isolation after returning from holiday.
That may well give Foden a chance to make an instant impression for his country.England probable XI: Pickford, Walker, Gomez, Dier, Trippier, Ward-Prowse, Rice, Foden, Sterling, Kane, Sancho
Iceland’s expected XI: Halldórsson, Hermannsson, Eyjólfsson, Ingason, Skúlason, Bjarnason, Friðjónsson, A. Sigurðsson, Anderson, Sigþórsson, Böðvarsson.What are they saying?
Gareth Southgate, England boss:
“One of the biggest signposts to that is the way the guys have been desperate to be here this week – not only those that are here but those that couldn’t be here,” Southgate said before travelling to Reykjavik and undertaking yet another Covid-19 test.
“Their enjoyment, their excitement of pulling on the shirt in training, their enjoyment and excitement in coming back together as a group.
“I think there are a lot of factors in that. You’ve got a lot of factors in that.
“The core have been together a little while, the younger ones have been in and around the squad, some of them have been to train with us before. They know each other pretty well through the England youth system.