Euro 2016: England panicked, says Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson
Iceland hero Ragnar Sigurdsson said England's over-confidence caused their humiliating 2-1 defeat to the Nordic minnows and they "panicked" in one of the most stunning football upsets
Nice (France): Iceland hero Ragnar Sigurdsson said England's over-confidence caused their humiliating 2-1 defeat to the Nordic minnows and they "panicked" in one of the most stunning football upsets.
"They thought this would be a walk in the park," said Sigurdsson, who scored Iceland's first goal.
"But we had faith in our ability," he
Roy Hodgson's side crashed out of Euro 2016 after the 30-year-old defender cancelled out Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute opener.
"I think its the second or third goal scored with long throw, its one of our weapons that we use a lot, so no surprise there," he said.
Captain Aron Gunnarsson leads Iceland's celebration after their 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2016 Last-16 tie in Nice on Monday. Pic/AFP
Then Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's tame shot squirmed past England goalkeeper Joe Hart for an 18th-minute winner.
"We didn't feel that they created any chances," said Sigurdsson.
"Kane had an opportunity and headed straight at our goalkeeper. A lot that we were heading away, long shots from distance we were keeping clear.
"I wasn't really stressed apart from the last minute," he said.
"The last minutes were a bit difficult. They started off very well with great power and got an early goal, but I think they were a little bit shocked by the equaliser and the 2-1 goal straight after, I think they panicked a little bit," he said.
"I think (England) are obviously a good team and tried hard but as you know its not easy to score a goal against Iceland".