Sigurdsson: England underestimated us

Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson believes that England suffered a shock 2-1 defeat on Monday because they thought their Euro 2016 round of 16 match would be “a walk in the park”.

England needed just four minutes to go ahead as Wayne Rooney converted a penalty. Iceland, though, found an equaliser within two minutes as Sigurdsson scored to make it 1-1.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson edged Iceland ahead in the 19th minute and that was enough to give his side a memorable win as they progressed to the quarter-finals, while England were dumped out of the competition.

“What mattered is England thought it would be a walk in the park,” Sigurdsson told reporters. “But we had faith in our ability. England started very well, with a lot of power. But they were shocked by the equaliser and then the second goal shortly after.

“They panicked a little bit. They worked hard, but it is not easy to score against Iceland. It went well. We didn’t feel they created any major chances in the second half. We could clear most of their long balls.

“We were never really stressed, apart from the final minutes before the final whistle.”

Iceland now face tournament hosts France in the last eight and Sigurdsson believes that his side should approach the match in the same way they did against England.

“What I expect from France? I expect a good team in the next round,” he said. “France are maybe similar to England. They have not been playing their best football yet and neither had England. It could be a similar game.

“But we would obviously like to be a bit more dominant.”