England’s Euro 2016 campaign has certainly divided opinion so far.
The Three Lions are still unbeaten from their three matches after draws against Russia and Slovakia while they claimed a dramatic victory against Wales.
But their inability to win Group B means that Roy Hodgson’s side will have to do it the hard way if they are to go all the way in the competition with France standing in the way in the quarter-finals and Spain, Italy or Germany in the last-four.
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However, before England can think about the latter stages, they must navigate their way past minnows Iceland. As we’re sure you’re aware by now, Iceland have a population of just 330,000, compared to England’s 53 million.
But Iceland’s tournament has been very similar to England’s. Two draws against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Hungary were followed up with an equally dramatic victory against Austria to send them through in second.
Ronaldo blasted Iceland for their “small mentality” and their tactic to defend for 90 minutes and it’s highly likely they will adopt a similar approach against England. It’s a system that England find notoriously difficult to break down - demonstrated by their stalemate with Slovakia in the final group game.
Sterling to start
To open up a defensive side you need moments of magic. One man that certainly hasn’t produced that magic so far in this tournament is Raheem Sterling.
The Manchester City winger was criticised for his performance during the Russia and Wales matches - which he started both before being substituted for his below-par display.
He was dropped for the clash against Slovakia but, according to the Mirror, will be recalled to the starting XI for the last-16 clash with Iceland.
It certainly would be a surprising call from Hodgson, especially as the report states that Sterling would be picked in favour of Lallana - a player that has been arguably England’s biggest attacking threat during the tournament.
After hearing that Sterling was in line to start against Iceland, England supporters reacted furiously on Twitter. Check out some of the best tweets:
The Mirror’s report also states that Daniel Sturridge is likely to partner Harry Kane upfront as Hodgson goes for an attacking 4-3-3 line-up.
It’s also claimed that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose will return to the full-back position while Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli will play ahead of Eric Dier in midfield.
Therefore, the line-up will look as follows:
Hart; Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Dier, Rooney, Alli; Sturridge, Kane, Sterling.