England have made a shock exit from Euro 2016 at the Round of 16 stage after being rolled 2-1 by rank outsiders Iceland.
The perennial underachievers led 1-0 after just four minutes as Wayne Rooney banged in a penalty, but Ragnar Sigurdsson soon equalised for the minnows and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson grabbed an 18th-minute winner to set up one of the great international boilovers.
The loss adds to England’s tale of woe at major competitions, bounced out in the quarters of the 2004 and 2012 Euros (they failed to qualify in 2008), after group-stage exits in the 1988, ’92 and ’04 editions. A semi-final appearance in 1996 was their only respectable effort.
Meanwhile, the Three Lions’ best World Cup finish after a fourth-place effort in 1990 were quarter-finals in 2002 and ’06. A Round of 16 exit in 2010 and failing to get out of the group stage in 2014 has rendered the star-studded side an international laughing stock.
Unsurprisingly, manager Roy Hodgson announced his retirement after the humiliating defeat.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) June 27, 2016
Britain’s stunning exit from the European Union, compounded by the defeat at the hands of Iceland, has provided plenty of fodder for people on Twitter.
Here’s a selection of the reactions to this morning’s result:
— Jonathan Leake (@Jonathan__Leake) June 27, 2016
— Sarah Bayley (@Sarah_Bayley94) June 27, 2016
— Timberwolf Equity (@TimberwolfCM) June 27, 2016
— Matt (@jacksunclematt) June 27, 2016
— Emma D (@Ejmad) June 27, 2016
— Gemma Southgate (@Gem_Southgate) June 27, 2016
In other news: Bernie Sanders says the England can still win #Euros2016 & that he’s not giving up on them having an influence in the finals.
— (((Gregory))) (@abritinthebay) June 27, 2016
— Aisling Gallagher (@lingading79) June 27, 2016
— TAB (@tabcomau) June 23, 2016
Fairytale team Iceland, appearing at their first major tournament, now face hosts France in the quarter-finals. Here’s how the remainder of the tournament stacks up:
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