Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Euro2016 RO16: England 1-2 Iceland

The slating of England can wait for another post. 

Let’s give Iceland and their fans the credit they deserve. On the pitch they were majestic, totally organised, defensively solid, a team of players not prima donnas. I even think they were unlucky to concede the penalty. Sure, there was contact with Sterling, but the ball was beyond him, the chance gone.

To equalise so soon afterwards, and then take the lead, shows spirit. And what about their fans, outsinging England’s, and that loud one note chant/clap. Awesome. Just awesome. Every team should have their own sound like that, but remember where they heard it first.

While much of the coverage will bemoan England’s lamentable losers, let’s not forget Iceland had to win this against massive odds, which they did with incredible ease. Their squad is already legendary, England’s the exact opposite – though there isn’t a word to describe that.

Got to be many people out there who want Iceland to win Euro2016. I do.

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