Joe Hart says that the England camp is “devastated” and admits he is at fault for the goal that proved to be Iceland’s winner.
The Manchester City goalkeeper has had a difficult Euro 2016 campaign. His failure to keep out Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot on Monday was his second significant error in the tournament.
Against Wales, Hart’s inability to keep out a long-range Gareth Bale fee-kick resulted in the Three Lions going a goal down, although this particular blunder had a far more serious implication: his team’s elimination from the European Championship.
“Absolutely devastated,” Hart told reporters after the match. “As a team, we’re very disappointed but personally, I can only speak for myself, I can only apologise for allowing Iceland to take the lead when we should have been dominating after a very good start.
“We had amazing support throughout and people are going to have opinions and they deserve to on what’s happened tonight. I want people to know how much we put in and it’s not down to desire or anything like that, ultimately it’s down to the performance why we’re in this situation.
“It’s a tough night for us as a team, and I include Roy in that team. It’s difficult when you lose a manager in these circumstances, it’s not the way any of us wanted him to go,” he said, referring to Roy Hodgson’s announcement that he had resigned as national team manager.
“Of course we had high expectations because we came into this to do well. It would be impossible not to have the expectations we had.
“We had a positive mindset, the expectations look foolish now, of course, we’ve gone out to Iceland and we’re going to have to own that.”