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Welcome to the for match reran of England versus Iceland. The prize is
France in Paris. My co-commentator is Martin Keown.
Tension, pressure, no slip-ups can be afforded. Roy Hodgson has
reverted to the England team that started the tournament and played so
well for so long against Russia. The difference is Daniel Sturridge in
for Lallana. The changes from the Slovakia team see the captain Wayne
Rooney and Harry Kane all come back in. Plus Raheem Sterling, and in
football and finance, Sterling has to perform better.
The referee is Slovenian. He's getting his third game at the
competition. He also handled three at Euro 2012, including income's 3-2
win against Sweden. Continuity is key for Iceland with
the co-coaches are green with fielding the same team as in all
their games so far. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the best-known player from the
England league. Johann Berg Gudmundsson's Charlton were
relegated from the Championship. It is a better team as a whole than
looked at as individuals. That was the key for success for some last
season. Huge expectation on England's
prospects. High hopes as regards Iceland. They have already delivered
at this tournament. England expects, and should, against
a nation at its first major competition punching
well above its weight and with a population equivalent to roughly
Leicester. Maybe that is one added reason for England not to be
complacent against the arctic Foxes. Martin Keown is with me to watch it,
hopefully enjoy it. There is extra tension and England have got to
embrace that and play in relaxed style, too. You mention tension, I
can rarely remember such pressure on an England team and an expectation.
The nation wants them to perform. Like Walker has in Euro 2016. His
first ball into the box is quite comped be defended, though. They
will want to sit back and hit England on the break where they can.
No team has had less possession, statistically speaking, than Iceland
so far. England getting the ball back, getting around one of their
key players. I expect England to dominate possession.
Lovely touch from storage to bring the ball under control. Nice touch
from Dele Alli to find him again. The shot was applauded by Wayne
Rooney. It was not one of the best from Daniel Sturridge but it was an
early sighter. Yes, just drags the shot. Noticeable before the game,
the England forwards were practising their shooting and looked good, but
that was not so good. The referee ruled that that duel was 50-50.
Sterling again blocked. Yes, Dele Alli just getting in behind their
midfield. That has opened up for Iceland with the impressive but
Kirby Arneson getting down the left-hand side. There he is putting
the squeeze on Gary Cahill. What are ball from sterling, was he brought
down by hot Lawson? The referee says he was. -- by Halldorsson. Stirling
won the race. He just takes it away from the keeper. Just gets a foot to
it and the goalkeeper clatters into him. It was so important for England
to get off to an early goal scoring start to ease the nerves. What an
opportunity here. It is of course the captain, Wayne Rooney.
And Rooney scores! Perfectly placed into the corner. It is the perfect
start from the players with the Three Lions on their chest. Already
Roy Hodgson can justify that move to recall Raheem Sterling. Definitely.
It was his run that forced the penalty. There we see it again.
Wayne Rooney stepping up, using all that experience, makes that look so
easy. You could feel the pressure he was under. When you see them tucked
away like that, you wonder why it is often so difficult for England after
extra time when those shoot outs occur. Wayne Rooney has a perfect
record on in game penalties for his country. That is now seven out of
seven. Good start. This will force Iceland to come out and attack
England. Expect a long throw here from Gunnarson. That is exactly what
is going to happen. And it is helped across goal, and Iceland are level!
Throw-in, flick on, ball for Ragnar Sigurdsson. What a response from the
underdogs! Awful England defending. As easy as 1-2- three. Look at this,
he catapulted in, flick on, nobody going with the runner, it is not as
if they haven't seen doing this already in the tournament. It is a
cultured finish from the centre-half. And for England, it
threatens to be quite a long 90 minutes when they can't hold the
lead for 90 seconds. Another huge moment of joy for Iceland at Euro
2016. England one, Iceland one. We talked about England keeping it
steady for five, ten minutes. It is all about game management. You have
to play with your head and read the script. The first long throw. Surely
they have been practising, working on that in training. A little too
much for Dele Alli to do close to the byline, and so, the game begins
again. Lars Leica back, we know what a good coach he is, good tactician
-- Lars Lagerback. I don't think he can have thought that it would be so
easy for him. It bounced up against his knee,
Danny Rose. Quick recovery. It is time for a little bit of composure
for the England players, just to take the sting out of this. They
have such spirit, though, this Iceland team. Showed character to
come right back at England there. Chris Smalling. Rose. Rooney.
Looking for Harry Kane, and he couldn't move too early to have the
slightest chance of getting on very end of lap one. The Arsenal defence,
holding a good line, pushing up. It has settled Iceland. It certainly
has. They have scored in both of the only two previous meetings of these
nations. They took the lead in the first meeting back in 1982 when a
reserve England side played them in a warm up game for the World Cup in
Spain. Either good Johnson 's -- Eidur Gudjonsen's bad scored in
that game. All Gothard scored for England. The next meeting was a 6-1
defeat for Iceland at Wembley. They have got to keep moving that
Balcombe to side. Gudmundsson making the foul. -- that ball, from side to
side. Rooney on the ball. Very well
defended. They are good in the air. They attack everything into the
penalty box. Storage, and it is taken from him by Gylfi Sigurdsson,
not the goal-scorer, Ragnar Sigurdsson. He is a defender who
plays in the Russian top flight for Krasnodar. He has been at Idol
winner in Sweden and Denmark. He plays at a good level in Russia.
Regulars in European club football. Bjarnason on this left-hand side has
already caught the eye. I liked the way he helps out his defence.
England, taking too many touches at the moment. That was the problem
against Slovakia. Sturridge. Always demanding that the
ball be played to him. Dele Alli. Never really going anywhere with it.
He is going in to traffic. He has got to use that ball earlier. Walker
this time does shift it out first time. Excellent sliding block from
Sigurdsson. They are so close, there is no room between the lines for
England. Harry Kane tried his luck. Corner. The Swansea man is
complaining about the challenge on Sigthorsson. Complaining that they
should of got the free kick. Last time England played Iceland, he got
two. I think Chris Smalling will be the target here. And Smalling missed
it. And it was there for him. Should be connecting with that. Rose.
Knocked out by Saeversson. England need to forget about the goal that
they have conceded. We spoke about the last 16 ties. Germany got an
early goal and went on to win. Dell John went on to win and win
constantly after an early goal. And there were times in both those games
when they had to be professional, defend, manage games, see-through.
-- Belgium. Dele Alli was making a great run at
the far post. Walker, two against three. Walker finds another option
and was dumped to the ground after he off-loaded to Kane. I thought it
was going to be a goal kick, maybe a double deflection. Not contested. It
must be right. Looking for that single the roory. This time, he
wants Smalling to get on the end of it. -- looking for that same
delivery. That is a test for the keeper. The
chance now for Dele Alli to hit it, and didn't he just! He sits out of
this one at the edge of the box. He hits that sweetly. Look at that poor
technique, confidence. Just can't keep it down. Great effort. -- look
at that poor technique. It was a spectacular strike also bid
was only once it had gone over that he realised hadn't scored one of the
goals of the tournament. Dele Alli again. That is a late challenge.
Sterling is flying into the box. Kane is there as well. And Sturridge
took too long and ran into trouble. Decision-making, isn't it, at the
highest level, waits too long, and the chance is gone. It is better,
though, from England, isn't it? That was Walker, turning it back to
Cahill. There was at the termination about England as well, that I like
to see -- there is a determinations about England.
Kane. He lets rip. Shoot on sight seems to be the policy. Certainly
that way from the Spurs boys. He only has one thing on his mind
there, he has gone for real power. Another warning for Iceland. Some
said that Jamie Vardy might have started this one. Roy Hodgson was
always going with Harry Kane. He insisted this week that he was 100%
fresh and just hasn't had a clear-cut chance to score in the
competition. On a day like today with no space behind the defence you
have got to play Kane in there. Sterling not able to get on the end
of that. Raheem Sterling, since his last performance, has had a pep
talk, from Pep Guardiola, to let him know that he will be a key part of
his Manchester City plans. There certainly seems to be no shortage of
confidence from him so far tonight. They now have a chance to play their
part tonight after not playing so well against Wales.
Another one hold forward by good Brunson. -- Gudmundsson. Saeversson
moving forward. It has come to Sigthorsson. Joe Hart cannot keep it
out. Iceland have taken the lead! Disbelief all around the ground.
From the England fans and Iceland supporters. It was a beautifully
crafted goal. Every player comfortable on the ball. And this
shot from Sigthorsson too strong for the England keeper. Great play. Far
too much space. You have got to get tight to him, Cahill cannot get
there, but Joe Hart should say that. He needs a stronger hand. He just
can't keep it out. England one, Iceland two. Prior to that moment,
Sigthorsson had had two shots in three games in the competition. It
was as if they froze, the defence, just standing ball watching. You
have got to get tight to these players. They are here to make a
name for themselves. They have done that tonight, whatever happens.
Iceland, they make you freeze! It is one of those. We know about their
spirit. They have shown great quality. They have turned this game
right on his head. -- its head. Bjarnason. He started the move on
this left-hand side. They don't get enough credit for what they do when
they are in possession. They are white players filter into midfield.
They pass it really well. -- their wide players. From the dream
scenario for England it is now a nightmare. They did not want to be
behind at any stage and there is no sign of Iceland going into lockdown.
There is lots of talk about possession. It is what you do with
it when you get it. They are now behind as they were
against Wales. Both front players, everybody back
behind the ball. Sterling to collate whack. This is where Iceland must
keep their discipline. Seven of their players sit on a yellow card
and abdomen and they are sitting on a quarterfinal place. For me, he has
a lack of pace here. Sterling should be running at him at every
opportunity. Imagine the smiles on the faces of the France players
after this. They are choking on their garlic, and they?
It is headed behind by Sigthorsson. England, corner. A little more
urgency in Wayne Rooney's side. Whips it in with power, again, it is
well defended. Very strong physically, and they love the ball
in the box. Especially Arnason, very good header of the ball. This is a
zonal system, the way they are marking. There is space for England.
Loads of space. And Cahill didn't make best use of it. Danny Rose.
Cahill is still there. Sigurdsson in, Walker couldn't
afford to mis-hit that, Miss it or anything other than he did with it.
They are asking questions and the ball has to be defended. Here comes
another one. Well, England better have learned from the first one.
Pick up your man. And win the first header, above all else.
It is another super throw. Saevarsson was struggling! The
whistle has gone anyway. A few English hearts skipped a beat. He
didn't look convincing, did he, Hart? It is a foul, definitely. He
has the benefit of the doubt. What do England do? They are behind,
do they slow it down? I'd love to see Dier receive the ball on his
back foot. There is a little bit of nervousness, and this has stunned
England, no doubt about it. The passes going astray. There are many
other teams in the tournament you'd consider potential champions at the
end of this who would do what England have done. No, you've got to
be able to defend and play as well. Get the balance in your play.
Even at this early stage, they will walk and take their time because
they have every right to do so. Well, they are living the dream,
Iceland. It's just unbelievable. They deserve it, by the way, to be
in front. Loving the fact people are taking notice of their country.
England are reeling, we need to get Wayne Rooney on the ball. Everyone
taking notice of England this week, too. For different reasons. Here is
Dier, going sideways. I'd like to see Wayne Rooney tell him to play
the ball forward. He just invites trouble.
I don't think Walker will get to that. They can see Wayne Rooney
having a word with him already, in Dier's year. Play it to an England
player! Another throw in for Skulason. The
worry is that Iceland are very good at this. Getting their noses in
front. They've worked so hard. They work so hard for one another. On the
plus side, we -- they were in front of hungry, they drew, then they won
against Austria. Doesn't matter they are in front, they will pack a
punch. They still have opportunities and England need to start to get
into this game now. Wayne Rooney, finally on the ball.
Gudmundsson places against Sterling. What a comparison in the number
sevens. He will be coached by Pep Guardiola next season, expected to
be right up there as title favourites. Gudmundsson, he will be
playing with Charlton Athletic in League 1. He was clever, he is more
streetwise than we are. For the first time, Gunnarsson
thought about throwing in a backwards direction.
That was clever movement by Sterling.
Others are there to help now. Sturridge, Harry Kane! Saved.
Better, better, better. Definitely better. Sturridge pulling this one
back. Harry Kane shapes himself nicely and it is a good save by the
keeper. He does everything right except hit the back of the net.
Here comes Smalling. I think he will struggle to get heard.
This is the pull-back here. Sturridge keeping it in, just
keeping this one in, good technique. Almost hits it too well, Harry Kane.
Good reaction from England, that is better.
It is another very useful flick on by Sigthorsson.
Alli confidently keeps going. He's chased all the way.
That was deflected and kindly. That was a very patient build-up, trying
to pick out Harry Kane, Rose gets the deflection. They need the end
product. Almost trying to walk it into the goal.
Half an hour played, 1- to, it all happened in the first 18 minutes.
The referee was perfectly placed to judge if that was a foul. Iceland
have it back. Dele Alli on the edge of the box.
From that angle, doesn't look like he has got any contact. And he has
taken a dive there. Should be a yellow card if there was no contact.
He hung his left leg out, Alli. He certainly did. No push there, no
free kick for Iceland. Sigurdsson fires another volley. Iceland are
doing well, stopping Walker from getting out. He normally dominates
when he gets forward. Walker is screaming at the players,
he wants movement. Sterling, nicely done. Saevarsson
back at him, what a crunching tackle, one of the tackles of the
tournament! Right in front of his own supporters, they will have
enjoyed that. Harry Kane, stumbled just as he took
it. It is only going to get more frantic. And here goes Bjarnason.
Down the side, Skulason, is like the server, just popping it in. Keeping
the ball very well until the team can get out. Another throw and
again, another set piece. Roy looks perplexed. He can't work them out.
He should know what is coming here. It is Gunnarsson. No direction in
that one, and there was a coming together of Rooney and Gudmundsson.
That's nearly crept in. Joe Hart will have seen that so late. Almost
another star I've asked it. -- almost a nervous dive after it. You
wouldn't rule anything out. Expect the unexpected.
It has been that sort of year for football. It certainly has. I wonder
if Roy is already thinking about changes, whether he's going to stick
with this group. The point was made several times in the build-up,
England look good going forward, frail at the back. There is a match
report. Great pass from Rooney. That is where England can't afford
to lose the ball. Iceland quite happy to take it off them and break
forward. Back with Halldorsson. He was put under pressure by Kane and
couldn't deal with it. We talked about it, getting after the
goalkeeper, already making mistakes against Austria.
Rooney had ago to find the top corner. He's annoyed with cell. He
goes to whips this. He just plays across it. Whips it wide. Well wide.
Interesting here, we took about 4-2- two, their two central defenders go
the width of the box, the midfielder drops off, and the winners come the
line. -- wingers come off the line. Coming to Rooney, brilliantly picked
off. Sigurdsson has gone to test Joe Hart
and it doesn't. That is how confident they are. Trying his luck
from distance. Nonstop noise from the Iceland fans. They were winning
that battle before kick-off and knows a prize England supporters are
stunned into relative silence. They orchestrate everything brilliantly.
Their fans, their play, their game plan.
There was a nice explanation about how they go about their business
from Lars Lagerback. You can't explain it in a simple way, you
can't understand it. 4-2- two. They are only 4-2- two and are out of
possession. Rose being held and palled.
Sigthorsson gets the first yellow card of the match. One of the few
who wasn't already on a booking from previous games. He's done well
there, Rose. Tried to play as quick as he can. He's up on its feet
really quickly, wants to keep the momentum. Don't let Iceland have a
rest. Not too long to go before everyone can have a breather.
England will be desperate to be level by then.
Smalling didn't direct it to. He won it, but again it is another teasing
ball in. He can get up but can't get the direction. He has been held a
little bit there. Great work from Bodvarsson. Look how
hard the two front to work. First line of defence.
The referee's brought it back to a free kick for Iceland. Dele Alli
tried too hard to keep it. Impressed with him. He looks our best threat
at the moment. They're not bothered there, they are
playing a percentage game. They are not bothered if it goes out for a
throw in, deep in England's half. Another one for England. Jon Dadi
Bodvarsson, his first international goal for two years against Austria.
19 appearances for his country in between. The centre halves are a
real nuisance. We keep looking at Jamie Vardy. The
match to rectify those him wherever he goes. -- match director. Contrary
to what we thought, maybe there is some space behind the Iceland
defence. There is but the ball has to go in early. Sturridge is playing
right down the middle now. I'd like to see Wayne Rooney come
closer to the ball in the build-up. They need him to start things off.
Nice exchange with Sterling, Rose. The ball just wouldn't come out of
the air. Just a little lunch. He is already off the pitch, to be fair.
Need to get Rose down the right-hand side and Walker on the right. The
slow build-up handclap is back. It is eerily effective. It is as
stunning as their performance in the first half. It seems to re-energise
the team. They all joined in when they beat Austria in their last
game. England look startled mess. They do, it looks scrappy. Roy wants
to reaffirm the message half-time. Believing. The Viking charm tour of
war. -- chant of war. It has made as tentative. Us and the team? Yes, us
and the team. Looking at Dier in particular. Be brave enough to play
the pass. Difficult situation, of course. But you have to show
character. That was well watched. I think it's
trying to pick out Alli who was making another good run into the box
and I think he put too much on it. Walker for England with two minutes
to go until half-time. Again, Walker is looking up, he has to go back to
the central defender. See how well he has read that and
come out? Lost it, and then Rooney was held back. That might have been
a booking. Yes, it's a foul on it from Sigurdsson. -- a foul a minute.
Rooney, off the knee into the ground. It does but it is a very
difficult ball to hit. He did everything he can, it just hits him
on the shin. It is painful, really painful right now. Unless, of
course, you are Icelandic. Unless, of course, you follow any other
nation in Europe than England. Roy has to be decisive. Has he got
anything up his sleeve in this one? We talked about this and affords not
allowing the clean header. -- the centre forwards. It relieves the
pressure. Kari Arnason. Looking for
Sigthorsson. Walker has two headed out of play. That's the end of the
first half. What a story we have developing here in Nice. Rooney 's
penalty cancelled out by Ragnar Sigurdsson, and 12 minutes after
that it became what it is now, England one, Iceland two.
An England half-time change. Eric Dier was MAC number result and on
for 17 comes number 18 Jack Wilshere, a player who has hardly
had any football in his legs due to injury in the last season. He did
start the game against Slovakia. Didn't finish it. He did manage to
start two of the three England warm up games which seem like a distant
memory now. They won all those. Not it matters. England, teetering on
the edge here. Roy Hodgson will have to give one of the best ever team
talks to rouse his troops. He has gone with Jack Wilshere and that
midfield. Eric Dier 's passing was just not good enough in that first
half. It is asking a lot of him. He has hardly played any football this
season. Roy Hodgson seems, he has to get this one right.
For Iceland, this is the biggest game of their lives. That makes it
almost worse for the players, that they are playing lowly Iceland and
they can't raise themselves. You have got to keep believing as a
player, stick together. That is a better looking pass, up towards Dele
Alli. England get a throw-in. England have never lost and
England's -- European Championship knockout game over 90 or 120
minutes. Everything has happened on penalties. Sturridge. Rooney,
looking for Dele Alli, or maybe sterling. Iceland will defend with
absolutely everything they've got. They have done that all tournament
long. Wiltshire. -- Jack Wilshere. The card is coming out of the pocket
for the Liverpool man Daniel Sturridge. He had to foul his
opponent. There is a steely -- there is a steeliness about Iceland as
they start the second half the way they finished the first. I like
their work ethic. The way that they are. Here is the foul. It shows what
you can achieve all stop I wouldn't say that there are any real stars in
the team. We know that Sigurdsson is an outstanding talent, but they are
all very good at their jobs. I think we know what is happening here. This
will be the long throw-in once more. They have got a win this post header
when the ball comes in. There has got to be an England head on this.
Gunnarsson tries something a little bit out of the what we have come to
see as ordinary. A little bit of imagination there. The header was
not a good one. He was all over the Larsen, and he wasn't bothered. --
over Bjarnason. That is a long one, Skulason this time. Skulason on to
it again. Gudmundsson, he seemed onside to me. The flag is up.
Gudmundsson, when they are in possession, see how he goes into
that central position. That is why I should never be trusted with the
flag. Jarrah, to Smalling. -- Joe Hart.
Rooney drew a challenge from Gudmundsson. Danny Rose challenged
and pushed to the floor. A little bit of indiscipline, there. Just a
push in the back. England now need to capitalise on these good
positions. Cahill is prominent, Smalling is loitering. Halldorsson
is readying himself. Harry Kane with the ball in for England. And
straight back out by Iceland. Disappointing again. Kane invited
together that one. He did. And that was nice and easy for Hannes Thor
Halldorsson. That was a great leap, he was better heading that back
across the goal. Smalling, waiting for it to come across. Safely into
the hands of the keeper in the end. That is Bjarnason. Sturridge has
been bullied a little bit by their central defenders. Nothing is
sticking. Pretty decent looking cross.
Gudmundsson will keep working. There was a picture at their training base
in Annecy which is of a Chihuahua chasing a rhino, and frightening the
life over it. They will be papering over the rhino with the line after
this! -- with a lion. Glasson uses his body to make sure that there is
no return effort. -- Gunnarsson. Sturridge. Rooney has dropped deep.
Walker trying to take on Bjarnason. He has had the measure of him. He
certainly has. They have got to switch it out. That was never going
to reach Wilshere from Rooney. Sigthorsson came back as the Centre
forward, just to pinch it. Doing a very good job of spoiling everything
for England. England have got to move this ball quickly. That is why
Wilshere is on the pitch. Smalling. Wilshere looking to find Dele Alli,
and it goes through to Halldorsson. Dele Alli knows to make that one,
because he's going to look for you, Jack Wilshire.
Skulason is outside, they have three in the middle. Skulason, three on
three in the box. It did just crossed the line, anyway. Too much
to work on there. It just goes out of play.
Sterling. They have got to keep probing and making these runs. Dele
Alli making these runs from deep. Iceland just get better and better.
That needed help from Smalling, to stop Boedvarsson making a free run.
Boedvarsson, very rarely do you see him wasting the ball. Doesn't want
to give it away. Back with the clapping again, to send chills down
the spine. Smalling has miscued it. Iceland corner. Sigthorsson, he's an
awkward big customer. Smalling has got to go and just take that ball at
the highest point. He should not be holding there. Just go and win the
ball. Iceland 's first born a kick. Bjarnason, actually, his team-mate
got in his way and it is not away yet! It look like it was going in
and it struck the England goalkeeper. That is another massive
let off. Absolutely nobody picking him up. Look at this for an overhead
kick. Fantastic effort again from the centre-half. Perfect execution
from Ragnar Sigurdsson. Every time it goes into the England goal, into
the box, they are at sixes and sevens. It is ridiculous. I am
looking to see you the leader is in there, is it Cahill, is it Smalling?
Nearly 350 Premier League appearances between them.
There's Gudmundsson. Rooney, able to find Dele Alli. Smalling.
It's just a good old-fashioned throw-in into the penalty box and
they don't seem to be able to deal with it. It is going to hug the
line, but it can. Daniel Sturridge trying to combine with Walker who
had done his bit by keeping it in. That is a tired looking Roy Hodgson.
It certainly is. Can't be looking at the watch, yet. They have got to be
thinking about putting on Jamie Vardy, surely.
Bjarnason. It goes out or play, of Sigthorsson. He has just added to
his international goals tally, 21 for his country, the one that made
it 21. He plays in France with Nantes. Harry Kane, again,
disappointing. That ball has two state. -- to stick. Kane. Rooney
gets it in the end. Walker. Sturridge.
He has got to get on his bike and run down the touchline there, and
whip in crosses. More variation needed from England. Jamie Vardy is
getting stripped. There is a real conversation going on between Roy
Hodgson and Ray Lewington. Someone has got to make their minds up and
be decisive, soon. In comes, towards Cahill. Headed away by Ragnar
Sigurdsson. That is the difference. They win the first header.
Raheem Sterling will keep it going for England. Sterling. Saevarsson in
his way. He would not get out of it. There will be a great cheer from the
England fans now. Everything has gone for him in the season just
passed and it has to keep going for Jamie Vardy if England are to sub
I've in the European Championship. -- to survive. He wants to get on
and grab the important goals for England. He came on to score the
equalising goal against Wales. There's a lot more on this one.
Sturridge. Alli. Always underneath it. It is a good ball in, he is
leaning back. Look at his form as he hits it. It hits him on the shin.
Straight back by Walker, to Kane. Wilshere not able to influence
anything yet. Sigurdsson. He finds Gudmundsson. Good play from Danny
Rose. Sigurdsson straightaway looking for that run. Walker brushes
Sigthorsson to the floor. Walker will go on, Sigthorsson does not
know where it was. That was Gudmundsson getting back and
shutting the door on Walker. Alli threads it through, and it was
stopped at the last by Ragnar Sigurdsson. Smalling wins it, and it
breaks for Gudmundsson. Cahill cannot afford any sort of error with
Bjarnason there. Bjarnason looked as if he had his number. Looked like he
was too quick. The little shelf on him has rescued Cahill. England
starting to ratchet up a little bit here. They need to, as well.
Wilshere. Rooney. They have been giving it
away a lot since half-time. All 11 Iceland players behind the ball. We
knew that. That is the exercise, to break them down. They shot the door
on him there. Good ball from Wilshere, Jamie Vardy pulling off on
the shoulder. Bjarnason, back to our Assen, who has missed it. England
have got to push up and press now. Jack Wilshere couldn't knock it on
to Rooney. This is Iceland 's game. They are
never happier than when they have got everyone behind the ball. Rose
set off. He wrote get to that. Jack Wilshere brought on to play the
right passes and find men in white shirts, and it is not quite
happening as Roy Hodgson wants it to.
Heads are dropping a little bit in this England team. Wilting in the
warmth of Nice. Lars Lagerback doing it to England
again. Unbeaten in six games against them with Sweden. Draws in 2002 in
2006. He knows Roy Hodgson well from a Swedish club football. He calls
him a friend and an inspiration. Dele Alli court late and recklessly
by Aron Gunnarsson. How many fouls has he made? He's saying three, it
may be more than that. Harry Kane on the free kick again which won't
please sum. -- some. Is this to be England 's free kick moment? Kane is
going to hit it. All the signs point to that. 41 metres from the England
goal. -- Iceland Gull. -- goal. Wide this time. Most of the others have
just rocketed skywards. It was never anywhere near on target. Total
waste. I'd like to see somebody have a word with him. A little pat on the
back. Tell him to get on with it. They are lacking leadership out
there. It is quite comfortable for Iceland
at times. They are well organised in their two banks of four, and there
two Centre forwards work harder than anybody else. Look at them now,
closing down. Smalling. Rooney, he seemed to get confused.
You have two credit Sigurdsson. He worked excellently. Takes
responsibility, in possession and out. This would not sit down for
him. Less than a quarter of the game to go. Well, there is now. Roy
Hodgson looks almost resigned to his fate. You can see him down there
from our commentary position. He needs to fire this team up.
Meanwhile, there is some controlled assurance from the Iceland coaching
team. Lars Lagerback will be stepping down after the competition.
He will be going on for at least another game after this unless
something changes. Lars Lagerback just sits back and let him make the
calls, just suggests if he needs to. The coach is a qualified dentist.
Some of the England fans would rather go and visit him than suffer
this. It is like pulling teeth, watching this England team just now.
It is just not working for him since half-time. I think you should have
just gone there, he delayed, hesitated, it was taken off him.
He is full of running, every time he gets it, Saevarsson. Cahill had to
Winnard. -- wins that. First chance Vardy has had. It looked a good
tackle from Sigurdsson. It is going to be a corner. Outstanding tackle!
Look at that. Beautiful, slides in. We know about his pace, Vardy, so he
has to get this exactly right and it is a beautifully timed tackle.
Rooney on the corner. First slim opportunity for Vardy to show what
he could do in the rest of this game. It is headed away very neatly.
Here is Wilshere. Rose. Under pressure by Gudmundsson. Rooney,
wants to find Sturridge, but he won't like that. Every incident like
that, Iceland put another tick in the box and get a little bit closer.
Iceland would have expected far more of this. England's most experienced
player, they are wasting another opportunity. You spoke to the
Iceland fans, they always thought this would happen? They are almost
arrogant, they think they can win the whole thing!
Sigurdsson in the way of the shot. Hopeful effort from that sort of
distance. Bjarnason, keeps running. Nobody has run Walker so much. He
runs with it, protects the ball, then gives it to his team-mate. They
are intelligent. It is economy of movement. They are just growing in
confidence, almost embarrassing England now.
Saevarsson shoots! Confidence, brilliant. It's stunning to see a
team player with such confidence, way above themselves. He sprints all
the way back into his position, never mind about thinking he should
have scored. I have to get back to do my job.
Less than 18 minutes of the 19 to go. -- 90 to go.
Cahill tackled by Sigurdsson and forced to take it out of play.
Again, great pressure. Just won't let any of these England players
settle on the ball. It is painful from an England point of view. What
you do? 2-1 down on the verge of crashing out of the European
Championship. We will tell you in a moment. It is an Iceland pro. Danny
Rose stops him from shooting. Another one who is playing so well
in this match, Gudmundsson. It is as if Rooney has pushed up
very high now. Shoulder to shoulder, side-by-side, he's everywhere,
Sigurdsson. He is like the glue in their team, so intelligent. Look at
them again. Game management. This is where the management breaks down a
bit. They don't seem bothered by that. Come and beat us if you can.
Halldorsson watches it casually fallen to his hands. It is a high
ball in. Too much pace on it and it breaks down again. Roy pulling his
hair out. Very kind surely have sit away to
Skulason, Sturridge. What on earth was he doing, Daniel Sturridge?
Iceland will make a change in a moment. England have been preparing
to make a change, they've just been hanging on. Now it will happen for
Iceland. They will bring on the man who created the winning goal in the
last match against Austria. Bjarnason. Bodvarsson goes off.
Bodvarsson, he has been magnificent, covered every blade of the grass on
the pitch, outstanding in the air. It will be more of the same from the
substitute as well. We posed the question a few moments ago what do
you do when you're crashing out of the tournament? Throw on the boy who
wonder, Rashford. And they have delayed. Well, you are either going
to do it or not. He was getting his last words, taking his it off. No
sign yet. They were marching him forward towards the edge of the
technical area at one point. Well, puzzling.
England don't seem to have enough imagination to break through.
It is Ragnar Sigurdsson that heads it behind. Vardy. He did well to
keep it alive, Vardy. He does so again to find Wilshere. Harry Kane,
straight at the keeper! That is what he is therefore, Wilshere. Just
can't get enough power on it. Needs to headed back into far corner. The
keeper made it look easy. Notice that the number 15 is still on. They
had a long conversation and it is Kolbeinn Sigthorsson that went off
instead. They are getting so close to another
piece of history, Iceland. Wilshere was fouled. Scrap for
everything, Iceland. Just too good for England. One every battle.
Wanted it more. -- won every battle. Can Vardy get onto it? No. They've
no chance of getting onto that goalkeeper's favourite.
Bodvarsson, thought he was coming off, still has plenty in him. That
boy never knows when he's finished. He plays in the second tier of
German football. Two goals in 15 league games last season. They're
just an inspiration, this Iceland team. They are incredible. Think of
the population. We've said a lot about it but England are second
best. There is still time for England but not a lot of it.
England seem determined to play their way through the middle. Vardy
shows the sort of commitment England fans want to see. Super tackle by
Sigurdsson. One of many. Vardy umps him into the floor. Just over does
it. You have to admire his determination to win it back. He's
trying to show something to his team. He is used to winning.
Travelled in their thousands down to the South of France, those England
fans. They didn't really come for a holiday, they came to see business
done. The referee has ruled in England's favour.
Brilliant, the way they closed down, Iceland. They have to be given
credit for what they've done. Haven't done it yet, it isn't
finished. They occasionally play the ball
long. We need some variation to our play. Kane, very deep. You want him
up high alongside Vardy. Oh, he has lost it. He seems to have
lost it mentally at the moment. Inexcusable.
Gunnarsson steps inside Wilshere and back out again to bring the save
from Hart. It could have been won. Look at his run from deep. He has
the determination and power. He gets his shot off. Joe Hart coming to the
rescue. They are so buoyant, full of determination. Look at the smile on
his face, he can't believe it. Is this really happening? It is
happening for Iceland. Joe Hart stays back... Didn't have to make
the save but on another day that might have been creeping in from
Arnason. Three years at Rotherham. Played for Plymouth before then.
He's on his way, and the moment, with a heavy limp, towards a
quarterfinals the Euros. Roy Hodgson stands alone. He's not
moving. He hasn't got any coaching staff with him. No sign of any
change here. I find it astonishing that he doesn't want to have one
last roll of the dice. Vardy... Kane attacks. There is
Sturridge. Flag up, there was an offside.
I think a substitute is about to come on. Very belatedly, you have to
say. Kane was crowded out, but he put his
hand on the shoulder, which is enough for the referee. Who would
have thought it would come to this for England? Because with only 4.5
minute selfie 90 remaining, they are going to put on a teenage striker,
who most of us had never heard of a few short months ago.
England have a throw in. And here is the final throw. And Wayne Rooney,
the captain of his country, is making way for 18-year-old Rashford.
Well, he is a special young man and he's going to have to do something
very special now. He has not been given a lot of time to do it. For
me, he should have been coming on much earlier. Looked as though they
were ready to put him on quite some time ago.
Rose was fouled and got in Rashford's way. Free kick for
England. This delivery is going to have to be absolutely spot-on.
Power with precision. Nothing has gone for Harry Kane all tournament.
Not at all. Oh, dear. That has gone on the wind. England have nearly
gone. That is just unbelievable. His form has deserted him.
Belief is deserting them. It certainly is. Just be live from the
England point of view. Iceland have been magnificent to a man. It is
probably their finest hour. Probably our worst hour in football. Now
Bodvarsson will saunter off the field. Another superb selfless
display from the striker. Look at him, he can hardly get off the
pitch, he's given everything for his team and his country. It is typical
of their team. This is the same substitution they made against
Austria. Traustason. They gave them an extra spark of joy in the game.
Nothing more needed to do tonight. They will be going back to the Stade
de France to play France. Interesting Rashford has gone to the
left-hand side. Surely, he needs to go down the middle. Free kick,
Iceland. Cahill, giving it away, ill discipline. Playing into their
hands. 90th minute, the Iceland fans have started the celebrations. Well,
they've in Paris to England tonight. England were second best in every
department. Gudmundsson, still has the energy to
run with Rashford. A drop of the shoulder and it comes off the
Iceland player. Something in an England shirt showing something. Why
wasn't he on the pitch earlier? Great run from the young man. He
takes the corner. It wasn't a good one. It is a goal kick for Iceland,
who won nearly there. They await what number is on the board with
anticipation, excitement. Only three more minutes. This is his run here,
Rashford. Great tackle in the end to deny him. It is a tap in for Vardy,
if he can cross that. Rashford goes again with another
run. He's testing people. That is what we want. The young man showing
the way. England trying to do it Iceland's way with a Dele Alli
throw. Cahill has to help it on, but he couldn't.
One of the three minutes gone. That is another ball out of the Iceland
box is. Fired back in, but it was hopeful.
Halfway through stoppage time. Gudmundsson. Smalling is on his own,
he will leave it for Joe Hart. Iceland hearts pumping. Cahill is
up, of course he is. It is a controlled ball from
Gudmundsson. Bjarnason takes the push in the back. And the flag is
for England, it is handball. Into the third minute of injury
time. Rashford. He has given just a little hope, probably too late for
England but on he goes again and then leaves the ball behind. Just
stands on it. On this right-hand side, Gudmundsson, the amount of
times he has run back with Rashford. This is it, time is up for England.
Maybe Roy Hodgson. Unless they can force one last chance.
Sturridge's cross! It is missed. Corner is the shout, corner is the
call. This is the last chance. It is a ball in the box. What about that
for defending. Outstanding, Arnason, again. This is it, Joe Hart is up.
Harry Kane's corner. Joe Hart hasn't got to it. It's gone behind and
England are out of the European Championship! And England's
embarrassment is Iceland's ecstasy. This is surely as bad as it has ever
been for England in terms of being rocked and shocked. Maybe worse than
losing to the USA in 1950 or Norway in 1981. Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney
and the rest, they took one hell of a beating. After last week, they
will be loving it is right around Europe. England out of Europe. It is
a theme. Well done, Iceland. They go on to Paris. They will play France.
They deserve every bit of the success that they are enjoying.
England out. England embarrassed. 2-1 to Iceland.
Just when you think you've got it all sorted...