Under A Month Until England's Iceland Return

Last updated : 07 August 2020 By Three Lions

The Three Lions are scheduled to play their first fixture of 2020 on Saturday 5th September with the opening match of England's Nations League group taking place in Reykjavik, a first game against Iceland since the Euro 2016 humbling that signalled the end of Roy Hodgson's reign as national team boss.

That defeat looks less of a seismic occurence than it appeared at the time, Iceland having since qualifed for the 2018 World Cup and booked a place at the top table of the Nations League.

England's Autumn Schedule

England will travel to their away double-header (Denmark to follow on Tuesday 8th) prior to the delayed start of the 2020/21 Premier League season but match fitness should not be too much of a problem on the back of the condensed end to the 2019/20 campaign.

That saw some of Gareth Southgate's big guns, such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, in good form and also the likes of Phil Foden potentially jumping the queue into the manager's plans.

Although Southgate himself could not be present at any matches until the FA Cup Final at Wembley, he told the official Football Association website that his team had plenty of tapes to analyse when preparing their next squad.

"We get really good footage from our resources and analysis department," he said.

"We get wide screen footage which is a little bit better for us than the televised coverage because you see more of the runs off the ball.

"It's not the same as being live, but it's a pretty good substitute for it."