Friendly England suffer shock Iceland defeat on the eve of Euro 2024

England’s Euro 2024 preparations took a hit on the eve of the tournament as the Three Lions slumped to a 1-0 loss against Iceland at Wembley.

Jon Dagur Þorsteinsson’s first-half goal gave the Scandinavian non-qualifiers a surprise but deserved victory.

The defeat drew comparisons to England’s stunning defeat to Iceland at the 2016 European Championships, a result that knocked England out of the tournament and cost Roy Hodgson his job.

The hosts spurned several opportunities to equalise, with Anthony Gordon slicing his shot well over the bar when in a similar position to Þorsteinsson two minutes after the goal.

Captain Harry Kane missed a golden chance in the 28th minute when he shinned Cole Palmer’s cross over from six yards out.

But Iceland finished the stronger side and were good value for the win. They should have doubled their lead in the 63rd minute but Þorsteinsson sliced horribly wide, with Ramsdale also forced to save a Sverrir Ingason header and Kolbeinn Finnsson’s audacious volley from the edge of the box.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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