PARIS — England has suffered an embarrassing Euro 2016 way out because of battling minnow Iceland, losing 2-1 in a pulsating round-of-16 encounter that has cost manager Roy Hodgson his job.
Iceland had won hearts amid its contentious group stage campaign, but was given minimal chance against the English who in spite of looking shaky themselves throughout the tournament, was expected to have too much quality for their lowly opponents.
Iceland was brave in defence but in truth its opponent offered little threat, and it would be England who would blink first.
As Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Eric Dier helplessly watched the ball ping around them, Iceland forged a shooting opportunity for Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and though keeper Joe Hart should have covered it, the ball snuck through.
That set the scene for the most tense of second halves, as Iceland held off every England attack as Hodgson’s team floundered under the weight of expectation.
As Dele Ali glanced a header wide, the referee’s whistle sounded to mark Icelandic football’s greatest hour – and one of England’s darkest.
The loss was enough to compel Hodgson to resign from his post within minutes of the final whistle, with what seemed to be a prepared statement – a shocking insight into the mentality of a team seemingly ready for failure.
Iceland will now play hosts France in the last eight, while England will face the music at home.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.