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Redundant: A solitary and rather unnecessary steward watches the Nations League tie between Iceland and England in Reykjavik

Redundant: A solitary and rather unnecessary steward watches the Nations League tie between Iceland and England in Reykjavik

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Stephen Mallon

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Redundant: A solitary and rather unnecessary steward watches the Nations League tie between Iceland and England in Reykjavik

Quick question: who won the inaugural Nations League? No, no, STOP googling it! If you didn't know it was Portugal, you're not alone.

With the Portuguese not being Ing-ur-land, UK media interest in the fledgling competition had evaporated long before a beaming Roni lifted the trophy following victory over the Dutch in Porto last year.

And now this overlong, convoluted mess - the 'brainchild' of disgraced ex-Uefa president Michel Platini - has lumbered back into view, bigger and more confusing than ever.