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Celebrations began on the pitch shortly after the final whistle..

Iceland celebrate with fans following victory against England

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It was almost unimaginable that the final whistle on Monday night would bring joy to Iceland and despair to England. It was certainly the shock of the tournament so far. Iceland, a country that has no professional football clubs, had beaten England, the nation that invented the sport, and one that boasts the greatest football league in the world.

With heartbreak for England came jubilation for Iceland. As 11 players in their famous white shirts fell to the floor, the Icelandic troops remained the last men standing. A nation with a population similar to the city of Leicester had just knocked out one of the tournament's biggest teams.    

The Icelandic party began on the pitch almost instantly following the final whistle and undoubtedly continued long into the night.   

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The countries captain, Aron Gunnarsson, can be seen leading the rest of his squad and the travelling fans in perfect unison, clapping and cheering from the pitch to the stands, creating one of the best scenes we've seen in France so far.

The passion that the players and fans share is clearly on show, and Iceland will need as much support as possible when they face France in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Every single member of the squad was on the turf celebrating a historic result, perhaps the greatest in their history, while every fan was clapping and cheering along. 

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There was no better indication of the togetherness of the squad, and the bond they share with their fans than the one that was seen last night at the Stade de Nice.

It's this kind of spirit that many England critics will claim their side doesn't have, and this may have been one of the many factors that contributed to the squad's failure last night. 

Inquests will surely be made into England's disastrous performance, but for now, all we can do is watch and admire as Iceland progress into the next round of the competition.

The celebrations we saw last night will be cut short as manager Lars Lagerback regrounds his team and prepares them to take on hosts France this Sunday. 

Do you think Iceland can beat France in the quarter-finals?  

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