The reputation of England’s Euro 2016 flops is already on the floor, but an online troll has attempted to make the situation even worse for striker Harry Kane and goalkeeper Joe Hart by making up quotes from Iceland’s Kari Arnason.
A meme has gone viral on social media since Iceland beat England 2-1 on Monday night.
It shows a photo of Arnason alongside quotes claiming the two England players showed “a complete lack of respect” at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
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“The English players showed us a complete lack of respect. Joe Hart was shouting at the players, ‘We’ll have to be better than this against France’ and ‘We can’t lose to this lot, they’re sh*t,” the fake quotes attributed to Arnason read.
It continues: “On the way out of the second half, in the tunnel, Harry Kane asked the referee if they were out if they lost. How can you not know that? Their lack of respect spurred us on.”
This meme has subsequently been shared across social media, millions of people have now seen it and, unfortunately, many believe it to be true.
Arnason sets the record straight
However, Arnason has now set the record straight on Twitter.
“Quote attributed to me following our game v. ENG are untrue and absolutely false,” he tweeted. “Full respect to the England team and players.”
Replying to a Twitter user, the defender added: “never said those words, in fact they were very respectful and most of them came over to shake our hands.”
And to another, he replied: “no its not true they were very humble and I never spoke those words.”
So, that’s that. Careful with memes spread across social media; there’s a good chance they might have been made up by a teenager with nothing better to do.
Kane and Hart were both disappointing
Both Hart and Kane have been criticised for their disappointing performances at the European Championships.
Hart made a series of costly errors - including one against Iceland - while Kane looked a shadow of the player who won the Premier League’s Golden Boot award in May.
Roy Hodgson has taken much of the flak for England’s premature exit - indeed, the veteran coach resigned less than an hour after the final whistle on Monday - but the players must take their share of the blame, too.
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