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England Suffers Defeat Against Iceland Ahead of Euro 2024 Preparations

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England's Euro 2024 preparations were dealt a blow as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Iceland at Wembley, with the defeat drawing parallels to their shocking defeat to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships. Former England defender Matthew Upson criticized England's lack of width, directness, aggression, physicality, and overall dismal performance during the match, describing it as flat and disjointed. The disappointment in England's performance was echoed by coach Gareth Southgate, who acknowledged the team's lack of character and called the result a necessary wake-up call ahead of the tournament.

Despite the defeat, former England players like Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole urged a bigger picture perspective, emphasizing the importance of players gaining experience and learning from their mistakes. Cole highlighted the team's past successes in tournaments and expressed confidence in their readiness for the upcoming Euro competition. Meanwhile, Iceland capitalized on their opportunities during the match, with Þorsteinsson scoring the only goal in the 12th minute, leading his team to a well-deserved victory over England.

England's struggle to equalize was evident throughout the game, as they managed only one shot on target against Iceland. The lackluster performance raised concerns about the team's overall readiness, especially as they approach their opening Group C match against Serbia in the Euros. The defeat also highlighted potential injury concerns for England, as centre back John Stones had to be replaced after appearing to roll his ankle early in the game. On the broader European football front, other nations like Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Albania had contrasting results in their pre-tournament matches, showcasing a mix of victories, draws, and losses.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09