Saturday’s NL on Sky: England opener, Ronaldo worry

Saturday’s NL on Sky: England opener, Ronaldo worry

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Last Updated: 04/09/20 2:47pm

Cristiano Ronaldo got his hands on the inaugural Nations League trophy

Cristiano Ronaldo got his hands on the inaugural Nations League trophy

England, Portugal and France are all in Nations League action on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

New look for England?

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England manager Gareth Southgate says he has no hesitation in giving senior debuts to Phil Foden or Mason Greenwood against Iceland or Denmark based on what he has seen in training

England manager Gareth Southgate says he has no hesitation in giving senior debuts to Phil Foden or Mason Greenwood against Iceland or Denmark based on what he has seen in training

Iceland vs England – 5pm kick-off; live on Sky Sports Football from 4.30pm

Team news – England: Harry Maguire will not be involved, with Gareth Southgate having withdrawn the defender from this squad following his Greek court case. Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood will hope to be involved for the first time, as will Jack Grealish. Michael Keane may step into the defence, while Burnley’s Nick Pope could get the nod in goal.

Harry Maguire will be missing this time around

Harry Maguire will be missing this time around

Team news – Iceland: Iceland will be missing a number of key players, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Alfred Finnbogason and Ragnar Sigurdsson all out. Leading scorer Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is, however, available.

Iceland vs England

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Who could seize chance?

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was added to Gareth Southgate's England squad after the withdrawal of Marcus Rashford last week

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was added to Gareth Southgate’s England squad after the withdrawal of Marcus Rashford last week

Grealish, who eventually landed his first call-up to the senior squad following Marcus Rashford’s withdrawal, has described this week “more or less like a trial”.

Players such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Coady, and Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips may feel the same way and will be working hard to convince Southgate they deserve another call-up next month, when England take on Wales in a friendly before more Nations League contests against Belgium and Tuesday’s opponents Denmark.

Beyond the players in the current squad, there are a whole host of U21s with ambitions of stepping up, too. Bukayo Saka and Callum Hudson-Odoi will surely be in Southgate’s thoughts, while the delay could also give 17-year-old Jude Bellingham time to show he will be ready, after a season in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

England revenge for Euros embarrassment?

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England captain Harry Kane says he has learned from their embarrassing Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland

England captain Harry Kane says he has learned from their embarrassing Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland

England’s clash with Iceland in Reykjavik is the first time the two countries have met since England were dumped out of Euro 2016. Little-fancied Iceland battled from a goal down to win the round-of-16 fixture 2-1 and shock English football to the core.

Asked about his memories of the Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland, Kane admitted it had been a chastening experience. “It is definitely one of the toughest nights I have had in an England shirt but it is something I have learnt from,” he said.

Will Ronaldo be fit for holders Portugal?

Portugal were crowned 2019 Nations League champions

Portugal were crowned 2019 Nations League champions

Portugal vs Croatia – 7.45pm kick-off; live on Sky Sports Football Red Button from 7.40pm

Team news – Portugal: Portugal beat the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League in 2019 but will they start their title defence without Cristiano Ronaldo? The Juventus star missed training again on Friday as he struggles with a toe infection but will be desperate to make it, given he is just one goal away from scoring 100 goals for his country.

Team news – Croatia: Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be missing, with Marcelo Brozov