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.
Two held on charge of girls trafficking
BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.
The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.
The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.
Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.
According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.
It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.
The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.Follow @gorkhapost