England Faces Shock Defeat by Iceland at Wembley in Final Euro 2024 Warm-Up Match

England Faces Shock Defeat by Iceland at Wembley in Final Euro 2024 Warm-Up Match

England faced a surprising defeat against Iceland at Wembley in their final warm-up game for Euro 2024. The unexpected loss left Gareth Southgate’s team with much to ponder before the tournament begins.

Southgate Acknowledges Backlash

Gareth Southgate admitted he understood the negative reaction from the fans following the game. He recognized that the team did not perform well enough to keep the supporters excited and engaged during the match.

Injury Concern for John Stones

Adding to the concerns, England head coach Gareth Southgate had to deal with an injury blow as John Stones suffered an ankle injury early in the game, just nine days before the tournament opener against Serbia.

Iceland’s Shocking Victory

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson’s goal secured a shock win for Iceland, marking England’s final warm-up game with a loss. This result means England enters the Euros with only one victory in their last five matches.

Southgate’s Reflections on the Defeat

Southgate reflected on the defeat, stating that while England had good chances to score, these would have masked underlying flaws. He emphasized that any complacency could hinder their chances of winning the tournament, and acknowledged that Iceland deserved their victory.

Understanding the Fans’ Reaction

Southgate expressed that he had no issues with the supporters’ reaction, recognizing the importance of having the fans’ support. He noted that the team needs to deliver enough exciting play, press with intensity, and perform well to keep the fans on their side.

Addressing the Performance Issues

Southgate admitted that the performance was not up to the required level and acknowledged the disappointment. He stressed the need to remain calm and focused on correcting the issues identified during the game.

John Stones’ Injury Status

John Stones received extensive treatment for his ankle injury both on the field and at half-time. Southgate decided not to take any risks with Stones, given the proximity to the tournament. Stones left Wembley with his ankle strapped, but Southgate remains hopeful about his recovery.