Gareth Southgate's ghost busters have nothing to fear in Reykjavik on Saturday night.

It's four years now since Iceland shocked England at Euro 2016 and hastened the end of Roy Hodgson's spell as national team boss.

That ushered in Sam Allardyce for one match only, then Southgate who has seen England's FIFA rankings rise from an all-time low of 20th under Hodgson to fourth.

With the ghosts of Euro 2016 well and truly chased away, Southgate should see England continue to rise with a winning start to their latest Nations League campaign.

The match kicks-off at 5pm on Saturday, but the home side are missing several key performers - and of course the inspirational fans who cheered their heroes on in France with their famous Viking thunderclap.

Star men Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have decided not to travel - Sigurdsson has a fight for his Everton future on his hands after the imminent arrival of three new midfielders at Goodison while injury hit Burnley star Gudmundsson has decided to stay at home and focus on his fitness

Qatari club Al Arabi have blocked former Cardiff star Aron Gunnarsson from travelling, Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason also made himself unavailable and Copenhagen defensive lynchpin Ragnar Sigurdsson is injured.

That's the heart of Erik Hamren's side ripped out - making thepools.com's odds of 1/4 on an England win understandable.

Iceland are a huge 12/1 to repeat that famous win in Nice, with the draw 9/2 .

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England traditionally come flying out of the blocks with an average of more than three first half goals across their last five matches - but four of those fixtures were against Kosovo, Montenegro and Bulgaria. The exception was when Southgate's men faced sturdier opposition in the Czech Republic last October and were held 1-1 at half-time and eventually lost.

Iceland have conceded just four first half goals across their last 18 matches and draw half-time England full-time is 13/5 .

A second half goal glut can't be ruled out and Over 1.5 goals in the second half is 10/11 and Over 2.5 a huge 11/4 .

As for first scorer, Harry Kane has netted 32 goals in 45 appearances for England - 12 in 10 outings during 2019 - and is 1 1/5 to open the scoring and 4/6 to score at any time .

Midfielders like Harry Winks, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley all scored early from midfield in England's last three outings and this time Mason Mount 17/2 , Phil Foden 7/1 and Declan Rice 20/1 are worth considering.

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