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England and Iceland Clash at Sold-Out Wembley

The men’s national football team will face England in a sold-out friendly match at Wembley Stadium tonight. England is expected to field their strongest side while Iceland contends with several key absences. The game marks England’s final preparation before the UEFA Euro finals, while Iceland aims to build momentum for the upcoming Nations League.

A sold-out Wembley stadium

The men’s national football team will face off against England at Wembley Stadium at 6:45 PM tonight. The match will be England’s final friendly match before the 2024 UEFA Euro finals, which will be held in Germany this summer.

As noted by Vísir, England recently defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in a match held at St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Manager Gareth Southgate fielded what could be considered a second-string team for that game. Tonight, however, Southgate is expected to field his strongest side.

Meanwhile, the Icelandic team is dealing with numerous absences: Orri Óskarsson, Willum Þór Willumsson, Hlynur Freyr Karlsson, and Mikael Egill Ellertsson are all out injured. As noted by Vísir, alongside facing players like Kyle Walker, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Harry Kane, the Icelandic squad will also contend with a packed Wembley, as the match is sold out.

According to Fotbolti.net, there will be 600 Icelandic supporters at the game, who will attempt to make their presence felt against the 89,400 English fans in attendance.

Will not underestimate Iceland

In an interview with Vísir published this morning, Declan Rice – who plays for Arsenal and the England national team – was asked whether the English team reviewed their infamous loss to Iceland at the 2016 Euros prior to tonight’s match:

“No, I don’t think so,” Declan stated. “That’s done and dusted. But that wasn’t an exemplary game at all. Full credit to Iceland, however; the better team won that game. I remember the match, and it was a big shock, but it just proves that in football, you should never underestimate your opponent. All teams have quality players, and Iceland is no exception.”

Not a “sightseeing tour”

Iceland’s captain Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson was also interviewed yesterday about the upcoming match at Wembley: “It’s a fantastic stadium, and it’s fun to play these kinds of matches. But, of course, we are not here on a sightseeing tour … we’re starting fresh now.”

Jóhann admitted that Iceland’s loss to Ukraine March, which saw their hopes of qualifying for this summer’s Euros shattered, had been disappointing: “But we just need to build on that performance as we head into the Nations League … we know this will be a tough game, but it’s fun, and we should enjoy playing in such great conditions.”

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