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Gareth Southgate overhauls England’s plans ahead of Nations League games

England will spend a big part of the international break in Iceland after revamping their travel plans.

Gareth Southgate’s squad will meet at St George’s Park on Tuesday, where they will immediately undergo coronavirus testing, and remain in their bubble until flying to Reykjavik on Friday for the first Nations League clash against Iceland the following day.

In normal circumstances, England would fly home and train at the national football centre before heading back out but this time Southgate and his players will remain in Reykjavik for 48 hours after the game.

They will prepare for Tuesday’s match against Denmark at Laugardalsvollur, Iceland’s national football stadium, before flying to Copenhagen the day before the game. 

Southgate knows it is important to make every minute he spends with his players count, as he prepares for the European Championship. 

He said: ‘I think we should look at things that over the course of the season can make us a better. We’ve got to look to evolve as a team and have that mindset of constantly improving.’

Jude Bellingham, the 17-year-old midfielder who joined Borussia Dortmund for £25million this summer, has been handed a first England Under 21 call-up along with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Josh Dasilva of Brentford for European Championship qualifiers in Kosovo on Friday week and Austria four days later. 

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