June 27, 2016, will always be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of English football.
England were the overwhelming favourites to beat Iceland in the Euro 2016 Round of 16, despite scraping through their group.
Roy Hodgson’s side drew with Russia and Slovakia in the group stages and only managed to defeat Wales, who eventually topped Group B, thanks to an injury-time winner from Daniel Sturridge.
But despite their prior unconvincing performances, England were still expected to breeze past Iceland, whose entire population was just over 300,000 people at the time.
The Three Lions got off to the best possible start when Wayne Rooney scored a fourth-minute penalty, but goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson had turned the game on its head by the 18th minute.
Steve McClaren’s hilarious moment during England 1-2 Iceland
Sigthorsson’s goal led to one of the funniest TV moments of recent times involving the former England manager Steve McClaren, who was covering the game for Sky Sports.
“It’s been the perfect response,” he said. “You think no problem, start again, keep dominating, keep getting pressure on the Iceland back four. The only thing they’ve got is the big boy upfront, Sigthorsson…”
And it was at that exact moment Sigthorsson scored to put Iceland 2-1 up.
Watch McClaren’s legendary commentary here:
Six years on and still absolutely incredible pic.twitter.com/K5cWN9Hvca— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) June 27, 2022
Sorry, but you have to say that is priceless.
England crashed out of Euro 2016 – Hodgson resigned
Despite having over 70 minutes to get back on level terms, England soon ran out of ideas and crashed out of the tournament following a pitiful second-half display.
Hodgson walked before he was sacked, while his assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville also stepped down.
Sam Allardyce was then appointed a month later, telling England’s players ‘it is time for us to deliver’.
But the experienced English coach lasted just 67 days in the job before he was sacked due to “inappropriate” conduct.
It was then Gareth Southgate’s turn to take the reins in November 2016 and the former defender is still in the job now and will lead the Three Lions out at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.