England 1-2 Iceland

England exited Euro 2016 at the Last 16 with a loss against Iceland. England got off to an excellent start with Rooney scoring from the penalty spot after Sterling had been brought down. The lead lasted two minutes before Sigurdsson poked home from close range after a long throw was flicked on. Iceland’s winner came in the 18th minute when a shot from Sigthorsson slipped under Hart’s arm and rolled gently in. England had shots as they looked to get back into the game, but most of them were from range and not good chances; the best chance fell to Kane, but he headed straight at the goalkeeper. Whilst Iceland had little of the ball and few further chances, Hart was required to make two good saves in the second half to keep England in the game. The best team on the night deservedly won and Iceland will now play France in the quarter final.

Following the result, Hodgson stepped down as England manager. The performance against Iceland was poor and there didn’t seem to be a gameplan for how to get back into or win the game. As time wore on, England made more mistakes, often without being under any pressure as passes were mis-placed and poor touches saw the ball running away. Sterling had another poor game; he is quick, but there rarely seems to be a final ball. Kane also struggled and his set-piece delivery remained poor, with it either being too short or too long and no direct free kick threatened the goal.

England’s best performance of the tournament came in their opening game against Russia, where they were cruelly denied a victory by a stoppage time goal. The performance in the game against Russia suggested that England could have a good tournament, but they never seemed to recover from Russia rescuing a point in stoppage time.

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