England managed to get through the group stages with relative ease in the end. After 1 important win against Wales and 2 Drawers against Russia and Slovakia. We move on to play underdogs Iceland, who have amazed everyone including their own commentary team with how far they have come. They will still be a tough test for England, they will be putting every ounce of effort into every thing they do. Let's take a look at how England can look to beat them.
Roy's boys haven't fully been put under pressure yet, particularly with regards to the defence. Iceland are going to be looking to exploit England's weaknesses but they will struggle to do so, due to some of the strength in England's midfield.
I think England should set up the way they did in the 2nd half against Wales. They showed real intent. The midfield as I previously mentioned is crucial to England getting a victory in today's game. I think we should stick to the same midfield as we did in the first and second group games. Wayne Rooney has had 2 incredibly strong performances within this position and when on the ball he has looked the most calm and composed player, and he will be looking to build on this. Another midfielder who has stood out for me this tournament is Tottenham's Eric Dier, his holding role has been so solid and secure, and I think anything other than keeping him in this position would hugely hinder England's chances.
To exploit Iceland we should look to control the midfield as well as trying to create a good amount of chances for our more attacking player. We know that on their day, England's attack can beat any defence, and the Iceland one isn't particularly strong. So we should look to overpower them in attack, get amongst their defence early and try to create real problems which could lead to great chances.
We shouldn't underestimate Iceland however, they have proved that they deserve to be where they are with the performances that they have put it. They've shown great strength and character as well as passion and will be looking to pick weaknesses in English play.
I feel they are going to try and beat England with counter attacking football. We could see Iceland at times having every man behind the ball attempting to defend the goal,and will look to form an opening through catching England on the break. They could however come out all guns blazing and attempt to get an early goal to weaken English spirits,. Either way England have to be wary as any errors could lead to exit from the tournament.
Overall I think that England can win this game and progress into the quarter final. I don't think its going to be easy however, and some great football and strong performances will be needed. Let's hope for a good game! Leave your score predictions in thecomment section below!