As soon as the dust settled on the group stage, the vast majority of England fans were satisfied with their round of 16 draw.
Sure, their 0-0 tie with Slovakia meant they found themselves on the trickier side of the knockout tree, but minnows Iceland were their opponents. A guaranteed ticket to the quarterfinals, right?
However, in one of the biggest shocks in England’s tournament history, the Three Lions crashed out at the hands of their plucky rivals. It’s proven a result that has sent the country into shock and seen Roy Hodgson’s men reduced to a laughing stock.
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England’s group stage progression wasn’t exactly convincing, but at least they had scrambled to the next round with some dignity.
The youthful side have had any such pride stripped however in a shocking 2-1 defeat to a team playing at their first international tournament. In fact, Iceland doesn’t even have its own professional league.
While Wayne Rooney mustered early hope, goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson ensured a shock turnaround.
The catastrophic 2014 World Cup campaign seemed the lowest of lows, but this sunk England into an even deeper chasm. They’re on the receiving end of the biggest upset of an already topsy-turvy tournament.
Barring England fans of course, viewers have been lapping up the result.
Social media has been a hive of football fans sinking their teeth into a frankly dire Three Lions performance. Here are the pick of the Tweets:
It proves a sorry end to a European Championship that England never truly got to grips with. Hodgson looks set to fall on his own sword and an extensive salvage mission will be needed to pick up the pieces.
Disappointment has practically become a synonym for the England national team.
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