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England embarrassed by Iceland in shock 2-1 loss

England has suffered a humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of fighting minnow Iceland, losing 2-1 in a pulsating round-of-16 encounter.

Iceland had won hearts during its combative group stage campaign, but was given little chance against the English who despite looking shaky themselves throughout the tournament, was expected to have too much quality for their lowly opponents.

And it seemed the script would be adhered to when Raheem Sterling won a penalty in the early minutes of the match, allowing captain Wayne Rooney to belt England into a lead from the spot.

But the lead would last only moments, with Iceland exploiting its now-trademark long throw to perfection and Ragnar Sigurdsson finishing the job.

Iceland was brave in defence but in truth its opponent offered little threat, and it would be England who would blink first.

As Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Eric Dier helplessly watched the ball ping around them, Iceland forged a shooting opportunity for Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and thought keeper Joe Hart should have covered it, the ball snuck through.
That set the scene for the most tense of second halves, as Iceland held off every England attack as Roy Hodgson's team floudered under the weight of expectation. The manager threw strikers after striker on, but nothing could be created.

As Dele Ali glanced a header wide, the referee's whistle sounded to mark Icelandic football's greatest hour - and one of England's darkest.
The loss was enough to compel Hodgson to resign from his post within minutes of the final whistle.

Iceland will now play hosts France in the last eight, while England will face the music at home.


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