ENGLAND may find yourself taking part in their Nations League conflict with Iceland greater than a thousand miles from Wembley . . . in Albania!
And that might spark one other big membership v nation row.
England boss Gareth Southgate may face huge issues with Premier League golf equipment if the Nations League tie is switched to AlbaniaCredit score: Reuters
Wembley was on account of host England’s conflict with Iceland on November 18 however the venue is now doubtful on account of new Covid-19 restrictionsCredit score: Rex Options
In the event that they make the Balkans journey subsequent Wednesday, Gareth Southgate’s stars face not returning residence till the early hours of Thursday — two days earlier than the Premier League restart.
As revealed within the Solar on Sunday, Iceland’s go to to Wembley is doubtful due to the Authorities’s new Covid-19 journey ban on non-UK residents arriving from Denmark on account of a brand new coronavirus pressure.
Iceland are set to play Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday — the identical day England journey to Belgium — earlier than flying to London.
The FA are locked in pressing talks with Authorities officers to pressure a U-turn and permit the Icelandic workforce to play at Wembley in eight days’ time.
UK residents can return from Denmark however should isolate together with all members of their family for 14 days.
However below the brand new guidelines, Iceland’s squad can be denied entry into England, which means the FA are taking a look at a impartial venue if the Authorities refuses to again down.
The Albanian FA have supplied use of their nationwide stadium in Tirana — a 2,000-mile spherical journey for the Three Lions stars.
Reece James and Mason Mount are amongst Chelsea aces who may return from England responsibility on the Thursday, two days earlier than a lunchtime conflict at NewcastleCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
And the three-hour return flight would imply England’s gamers lacking coaching at their golf equipment on the Thursday.
Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Poland have beforehand supplied to stage Uefa matches through the coronavirus disaster.
The Cypriots have already dedicated to internet hosting a recreation, whereas the opposite three international locations all suffered latest spikes within the virus.
Southgate is constant his preparations for Thursday’s pleasant with the Republic of Eire at Wembley.
Not all of his gamers will hyperlink up with the squad right now.
Trent Alexander-Arnold faces 4 weeks out with a calf damage and there may be additionally a doubt over Marcus Rashford, who has a shoulder downside.