England coach Gareth Southgate promised that there would be no change in approach on his part on Wednesday evening despite the Nations League match against Iceland Dead rubber
Defeat to Belgium at the weekend means that England can no longer win the group and advance to the finals and Iceland already knows it has been relegated to the second division.
However, Southgate challenged his players to use this game as an opportunity to cement their place in his ideas in order to reorder Euro 2020 next summer.
“Every game with England is important,” Southgate told Talksport, “We have a team of players and we have different options in different areas of the field, but we have to look at the tactical problem that the opponent and the players we want to look at but I don’t think we will deal.” With the command in a different way “
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Club managers hope Southgate will take the opportunity to rotate with his team after their friendly 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland last week and Sunday’s 2-0 loss in the Nations League to seeded Belgium.
The injuries occurred during triple strikes set in a hectic schedule for the club, with the initial selection of 29 players now down to 22 – a number that could be further reduced depending on Ben Chilwell’s back spasms
Southgate spoke of the missed opportunity on a larger scale to sponsor players on the reconfigured calendar in the shape of the Coronavirus, which means he has to balance England’s needs and protect his group
“We tried to manage that as best we could, to give the players who were in Europe some extra time to recover, manage the training load, and manage the two friendly matches,” he said. “ But since then, we have to build our team and pick the strongest team available to us at any time we don’t know who will be available in March This may be the last time we see some of our players before summer, so we have to increase our time as well.
There were seven withdrawals from the team originally chosen by Southgate earlier this month, the most recent being Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling on Monday evening.
Henderson returned to Liverpool for evaluation after being dislocated at half-time during Sunday’s defeat with a blow Southgate said after the match that Henderson was “feeling tight in the first half and felt he could not continue”
Sterling had a calf problem during a training session and had not played in either of the previous two matches. He also returned to his club for treatment before the Premier League resumed.
In better news for Southgate, Chelsea left back Chilwell managed to train on Tuesday after being substituted in the first half against Belgium
Given Jack Grealish’s level, Southgate might want to keep him in his starting line-up against Iceland, but doing so could anger Dean Smith given that the Aston Villa captain has started both matches so far as a result, the England coach may choose to keep Grealish in the reserve. And replace it with Phil Foden
The 20-year-old hasn’t played much football lately, having played for only 10 minutes in the previous two Premier League matches, while he was given only half an hour to impress England during an international break
Former Foden’s teammate in City youth teams, Jadon Sancho, may also deserve a competitive start after slipping into the Southgate winning streak this year
Elsewhere, Tyrone Mings and Mason Mount could be resting after having started both games as well so far
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