England v Iceland: Nations League – live updates!


79 min: A wry smile from Erik Hamren on the touchline. He’s very close to the end of his reign as Iceland boss; his players are doing him proud in this second half.


77 min: Mings steers a weak header wide right amid a penalty-box stramash. Halldorsson had it covered all the way.

76 min: That’s the end of Kane, who is replaced by Abraham. Grealish makes way for Sancho.

75 min: Kane’s shot clatters into the wall. In fact it hits Ingason on the forearm, and England want a penalty, but they’re not getting it, the Icelander’s arm right by the side of his body.

74 min: Now Grealish is bowled over by Eyjolfsson. A free kick to England, just to the right of the D. England want to sub Kane, but the captain wants one last go at scoring.


73 min: Before the free kick – which comes to nothing – Iceland make a double switch. Off go Bodvarsson and Gudmundsson; on come Sigthorsson and Thorsteinsson.

72 min: Arnason is booked for toe-poking Grealish in the shin.

70 min: England looked like scoring with every attack in the first half. They’ve not been half as exciting in this second period. Iceland will be very pleased with their gritty display since the restart … so far.

68 min: Dier gets hand-on with Bodvarsson out on the right, and it’s a free kick to Iceland. Another chance to load the England box. But Bodvarsson’s delivery is poor, and an easy gather for Pickford.

67 min: England have had 16 attempts to Iceland’s sole effort, which was that off-target Arnason header.

65 min: Maguire piles forward, living out some Beckenbauer fantasies as he one-twos in front of the Iceland box. He can’t work space to shoot, and suddenly there’s a gap at the back when Iceland clear their lines. But there’s only Bodvarsson up front, and though he tries to graft his way down the middle, he’s always going to be crowded out.

64 min: Two changes for England: Mings and Winks come on for Walker and Mount.

63 min: Before the corner can be taken, Eyjolfsson comes on for Sigurjonsson. Some extra defensive cover for Iceland.

62 min: Maguire threads a pass down the left for Grealish, who slides immediately across for Kane. The England captain is waiting to sidefoot home when Arnason intercepts and steers out for a corner.

61 min: Foden crosses from the right. Kane swivels and shoots from 12 yards, but Arnason is right behind him to block. That’s fine play all round.

60 min: Skulason whips the corner to the near post. Arnason ghosts in to flash a header wide right. England were fast asleep there.

59 min: Gudmundsson bursts away from a couple of challenges and scoops a dainty pass down the right for Bodvarsson, who powers off along the touchline and earns a corner. Iceland load the box. Before it can be taken, Arnason and Dier are told to stop shoving each other in the playground style.

57 min: This was hard enough for Iceland when they had 11 men. It’s going to be real backs-to-the-wall stuff now.

55 min: Nothing comes of the resulting free kick, to the left of the D, other than some over-elaborate English faff.

RED CARD! Saevarsson (Iceland)

54 min: A light tug on Saka’s arm, and that’s a second yellow for a man on his 99th cap. He’s far from happy. There wasn’t much in that, but this referee isn’t messing around this evening, and in that respect the result was inevitable.

Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson (right) is shown a red card after committing a second bookable offence.

Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson (right) is shown a red card after committing a second bookable offence. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA


53 min: Gudmundsson turns on the jets and threatens to burst into the England box on the left. Dier does extremely well to stick by him as he looks to work space for a shot. None arrives, and Trippier turns up to clear.

52 min: England have quelled Iceland’s early second-half energy. They indulge in some of the sterile midfield passing.

50 min: Arnason gives the ball away cheaply in midfield. That allows Grealish to attack down the left with great purpose. He glides into the box and tries a curler towards the top right. His effort is blocked. For a second, that had goal written all over it.

49 min: Grealish again finds himself in the never-ending foul. This time Ingason charges him in the back, picking up a yellow card for his trouble.

47 min: Erik Hamren’s last half-time team-talk as Iceland coach may have been a passionate one. His team have come out for the second half with renewed vigour. Some space for Gudmundsson down the right. He whips in low. Dier is forced to hack clear of the six-yard box with blue shirts lurking.

Iceland get the ball rolling for the second half. As planned, they’re giving 36-year-old Hannes Þór Halldórsson one last run-out in goal. He replaces Kristinsson for a valedictory 45 minutes. How happy England will be to see him is moot, given his heroics against them at Euro 2016.

Half-time entertainment … from the archives.

HALF TIME: England 2-0 Iceland

There’s just enough time for Kane to flash a header wide left when it was easier to score, and that’s the end of the first half. Both teams will be happy: England, because they have been wonderful in attack; Iceland, because they’re somehow only two goals down.

45 min: There will be one extra minute at the end of an excellent half for England.

44 min: Sigurjonsson rakes his foot down Maguire’s shin. That looked nasty, if possibly accidental. Either way, it’s surprising the referee takes no action at all. Maguire isn’t particularly happy about it, and who could blame him.

42 min: Grealish, seemingly forever on the end of one long cosmic foul, is grounded by Bodvarsson 30 yards out. Trippier wedges a surprising pass down the left for Saka, who attempts a Van Bastenesque volley from a tight angle but is blocked bravely by Gudmundsson.

40 min: England drop the tempo, stroking some sterile stuff around the middle of the park.

38 min: Kane wants in on the act. He barrels down the middle before curling powerfully towards the top right. Just off target, though Kristinsson may have had that one covered.

36 min: Foden grealishes right to left, then sends Saka into space down the wing. Saka rolls inside for Kane, who drops a shoulder to move infield, then whips a low reverse shot millimetres wide of the bottom left. Kristinsson was rooted to the spot. So close to number three, which is surely coming soon.

England’s Phil Foden in action.

England’s Phil Foden in action. Photograph: Michael Regan/PA


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