Sunday 25 February 2018

Video: Wales players celebrate like they have won Euro 2016 after watching England lose to Iceland

A video has emerged apparently showing the Welsh squad celebrating the moment England were beaten by Iceland and sent crashing out of Euro 2016.

The video, which was not possible to verify, showed the players and staff jubilantly cheering and hugging each other.

The video drew incredulous reaction on Twitter - mainly from fans who were shocked that Wales would celebrate England's defeat with such apparent unbridled glee.

England were defeated 2-1 by Iceland, sending them crashing out of the tournament.

Their disastrous display led to European commentators laughing at England's ability to crash out of Europe twice in one week.

Manager Roy Hodgson resigned immediately after the match, saying he was sorry that his four year tenure had to end like this but that "these things happen".

An early Wayne Rooney penalty gave early optimism to the England players that this match might not be quite as difficult as they had feared, but some dreadful defending a few moments later allowed Ragnar Sigurdsson to head in from close range.

Visibly rattled, England struggled to get into any sort of rhythm afterwards and long shot after long shot made things simple for the Iceland defence. It got far worse for Roy Hodgson's team when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson forced a shot past Joe Hart from the edge of the area, the England keeper making a terrible error and allowing the ball to slip through his grasp and into the back of the net.

Iceland didn't struggle for the rest of the game and England rarely tested them. Hodgson resigned in an apparently pre-written statement minutes after the humiliation had been completed by the referee's final whistle.

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