Iceland imitating Leicester

Euros surprise package Iceland are trying to emulate the achievements of Premier League champions Leicester City according to joint-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson.

Leicester were ranked as 5000/1 outsiders to win the English topflight last season and they stunned the footballing world by achieving just that.

Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback's have started to draw comparisons to the Foxes remarkable campaign after they managed to beat England 2-1 in the European Championship round of 16 to book a place in the quarter-finals against tournament hosts France.

"I really would like things to end like they did with Leicester," Hallgrimsson told UEFA's official website.

"They played to their strengths and we are trying to do the same. I think there is the same kind of spirit in both teams, we are willing to work together."

England went ahead just three minutes into the game through a Wayne Rooney penalty, but the Icelanders leveled soon after before taking the lead in the 16th minute. Hallgrimsson and Lagerback were pictured laughing after the second goal went in, but the 49-year-old insists there was no malice in their actions.

"It was just a moment of relief. We said before the match that conceding an early goal was the worst possible thing," he explained.

"To answer that quickly was a psychological boost for us. It shocked us a bit when they scored this early, but I think it shocked the English, even more to concede right away.

"There was nothing special about that laugh, just in the moment, it was just fun."

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