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Published: 21:52 | 27/6/16

Amazing Iceland stun England in Nice

Humiliation for Hodgson and his team

Iceland have caused a huge shock as they beat England 2-1 in Nice to reach the last eight of Euro 2016.

While this was a case of the underdog beating their more celebrated opponent, it was no backs-to-the-wall display as Lars Lagerbeck's men out-thought and outfought a desperate England side.

It started well for England when Wayne Rooney put them ahead from the penalty spot on three minutes after Raheem Sterling was fouled but Iceland hit back a minute later through Ragnar Sigurdsson.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson gave Iceland the lead with an effort which Joe Hart should have saved but the Manchester City goalkeeper somehow let the ball trickle over the line.

The expected siege never came in the second half as England were utterly devoid of ideas, disjointed and desperate in their execution.

The England support had been vocal for much of the first half but they booed their team off the pitch at the break and several times during the second period.

Harry Kane, Hart, a clearly out-of-position and over-the-hill Wayne Rooney and the out-of-form Raheem Sterling caught the eye with their ineptitude and there will be few involved in the England squad, management and staff who escape the inevitable fierce tabloid backlash.

Iceland on the other hand had a number of heroes none more exemplified than by Ragnar Sigurdsson who was superb in defence and marshalled his troops brilliantly.

It wasn't all about defensive heroism however, with Iceland impressive in their passing and build-up play and created as many opportunities as England.

The defeat will lead to yet another post-mortem on the English game with the usual suspects of an abundance of foreign players in the Premier League and the lack of a winter break being blamed for their woes.

Iceland - a nation of just 330,000 people - won't care as they head to Paris to take on hosts France in the quarter-final on Sunday after registering the greatest win in their country's history.

The dramatic night was capped by Hodgson resigning in the post-match press conference, the manager reading out a prepared statement before departing the stage, perhaps for good.

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