Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history when they stunned England 2-1 in their last-16 clash on Monday leading losing manager Roy Hodgson to resign. After falling behind to a fourth-minute Wayne Rooney penalty they levelled almost immediately through Ragnar Sigurdsson and struck again in the 18th with a shot by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. They then survived without great distress as England struggled to build any sustained pressure and barely tested goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. Iceland is the smallest country ever to appear in a major tournament and will now advance to the quarter-final against hosts France in Paris on Sunday, with the winner to take on European heavyweights Germany or Italy in the semi-final.
The worst defeat in our history…England beaten by a country with more volcanoes than professional footballers. Well played, Iceland.
Former striker Gary Lineker tweeted
Meanwhile, England will be watching from home - again - after a defeat that extends their miserable run in the Euros where they have won one knockout match, on penalties at home to Spain in 1996. Their 68 year-old coach resigned in the aftermath of the defeat, saying his contract was always going to be up at the end of the tournament.
I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business.