I would have preferred to have met Portugal, as you say Gabe they are a one man team and a petulant one at that. I hope Croatia will send the prima donna home. Iceland will see us facing another team who will sit back and hit us on the counter and we've already proved we struggle to break teams down due to a lack of creativity in midfield.
I've really enjoyed seeing Iceland's progress and should they beat us I hope they keep progressing. I think they have become everyone's second team in this tournament.
It would overshadow everything I've watched in football.
The one thing that got me chuckling after the game was when an Icelandic player (can't remember his name) said in the lines of "We've wanted to get out of the group first. Then we've found out we got England for the quarters and we knew we had a good chance beating them".
If I was an England fan or player and heard that I'd be devastated. They don't think England is a big team obviously. That should mean something to the English and hit hard and realize you need a shake up.
And massive congrats Iceland! I love teams who play with heart! (Offtopic yes but on the heart subject, Belgium finally decided to show up yesterday )
You defended really well, and your counter-attacks involving one or two players were better, more confident and more accurate than any attacks England managed to put together all game with all ten players in your half.
Amazing performance - go on and win it. The Icelandic population might be 300,000 but you've got about 30,000,000 people on your side with the results you've got (especially after Cristiano's comments after the Portugal game).
To quote a post I saw on Twitter - as an Englishman I'm devastated, but as a human being, I'm delighted for Iceland.
It may seem easy to say now but I really wasn't kidding in the first post when I said England were on their way out.
The second we beat Austria and would face England I knew it was totally doable. With England usually botching things at this stage of a tournament, and having seen about 2 matches of theirs before (combining what I saw of their 3 matches) in the Euros, I knew all the pressure would be on them, and that they'd be likely to buckle under it. I don't remember which MOTD pundit said it (maybe Liniker himself) but it was something about this having been the easiest match for Iceland so far. Imagine that!
I also bet a little bit of money on the win and got 275 pounds out of it Gotta love those betting odds.
England has always been one of the teams I have supported in tournaments throughout the years. the Prem is huge in Iceland, we absolotely love it and every Icelander has an English team to support. But they just don't have the mentality for when the going gets tough. Hopefully this time they will be able to pull themselves together and put on good show... probably not in 2018 but maybe in 2020.
Bit off topic, but maybe the Premier league is Englands problem. Too many foreign players on important places in the clubs. Young English players get only few chances ( with exceptions to the young Man Utd players ). But next year ( under Morinho ) I think even those young Utd players will not get enough chances to grow.
England's problem is a large part of the press, sadly this will never change...
I love Iceland, but they are overhyped.
The second goal was a very good goal (although Hart normally never lets those in), but for the rest they play rather intelligent counter football (but not fantastic like the best Man United team could) and they play with heart (i.e. on or over the edge).
England can replay that match 10 times, they will win it every single time, but credit to Iceland. Both their CB's were fantastic (especially the one who plays for Krasnodar) and Gylfi Sigurdsson might be an inspiration for Ronaldo. Here is a star player who plays for the team.
Well done to your team mate. Wish the argies had that much positive energy in finals ffs. At the end of the day it's confidence and execution that wins football games more than anything.
Agreed with Gerd the media overhype and the team sort of expect to win because the believe the hype themselves. Having said that England will be alot better with a proper coach. Hodgson was clueless,how he lasted this long is a mystery.