Steve McClaren’s TV gold moment during England 1-2 Iceland at Euro 2016 was priceless

  • Rob Swan
It’s exactly six years since Steve McClaren produced absolute TV gold during England 1-2 Iceland

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.

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NICE, FRANCE – JUNE 27: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (3rd R) of Iceland scores his team’s second goal past Joe Hart (1st L) of England during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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:

Oh, Steve!

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.

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Roy Hodgson the manager of England U21 shares a joke with his assistants, Ray Lewington and Gary Neville, during a England U21’s training session at St Georges Park on August 11, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.

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BOLTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Former England manager Sam Allardyce leaves his family home on September 28, 2016 in Bolton, England. Allardyce left his position as the national football manager after only one match in charge following allegations made by a national newspaper. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Gareth Southgate poses in front of the tunnel as he is unveiled as the new England manager at Wembley Stadium on December 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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