Woeful England sign off for Euros with limp Iceland defeat



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Woeful England lost their final warm-up game ahead of a tournament for the first time since 1968 as minnows Iceland left Wembley with a deserved 1-0 win.

The Three Lions were soundly beaten by the minnows who finished fourth in their qualifying group for the finals, yet looked the more potent throughout England’s final warm-up game and could have won by more.

They caught the hosts out with their first attack of the game when Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson was played over the halfway line and turned John Stones, before beating Aaron Ramsdale too easily at his near post.

Harry Kane squandered a glorious first-half chance to level when he blazed Cole Palmer’s delicate cross over from six yards, but England created few other clear-cut chances of note, while John Stones was withdrawn at the interval having fallen awkwardly early on.

Instead, Thorsteinsson wasted an even better opportunity to double Iceland’s lead after the break when he mistimed a free effort from Hakon Arnar Haraldsson’s square ball as England were cut through with increasing ease.

Boos greeted the final whistle as England’s hopes of ending their preparations on a high turned into a damp squib, with concerns the Three Lions must put in an unrecognisable performance when they face Serbia in Gelsenkirchen in nine days’ time.

More to follow…

The key dates for England

All times BST

Monday June 10 – England squad fly to Germany

Saturday June 16 – Serbia vs England, Gelsenkirchen, kick-off 8pm

Thursday June 20 – Denmark vs England, Frankfurt, kick-off 5pm

Tuesday June 25 – England vs Slovenia, kick-off 8pm



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