Iceland produced a stunning display as they came from a goal behind to reach the last eight in their first major tournament and defeat En...
Iceland produced a stunning display as they came from a goal behind to reach the last eight in their first major tournament and defeat England 2-1 in Nice.
Wayne Rooney’s fourth minute penalty looked to have given England the re-assuring start they needed, but Iceland answered through Ragnar Sigurdsson before Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored the decisive goal.
Having arrived at Euro 2016 among the favourites, falling at the last-16 hurdle to a country the size of Leicester ranks alongside the 1950 World Cup exit to the United States in the embarrassment stakes.
It was a result few could argue with after a cumbersome, uninspiring and ragged England display at the Stade de Nice, where Iceland secured a deserved 2-1 win thanks to a ruthlessness the Three Lions could only dream of.
The greatest day in the tiny Nordic island’s footballing history means it is now surely a case of when rather than if manager Hodgson leaves, with the dearth of options to replace him as demoralising as this display on the French Riviera.
Wayne Rooney’s penalty gave England a dream start after four minutes, but from that point they were largely outfought, outbattled and outplayed.
Ragnar Sigurdsson all too easily lost Kyle Walker from Aron Gunnarsson’s mammoth throw to level within two minutes and things got worse when a Kolbeinn Sigthorsson effort trickled home after Joe Hart’s pathetic attempt at a save.
Wayward finishing, stern defending and poor passing meant England were unable to find a response as Iceland deservedly set up a remarkable quarter-final with hosts France.
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