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Iceland dents England’s final preparations for Euro 2024 


England wrapped up their Euro 2024 preparations with a disappointing performance, suffering a defeat against Iceland at Wembley.

Manager Gareth Southgate made several changes to the team that won against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday, but the display was lackluster and disappointing.

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Iceland, known for their victory over England at Euro 2016, took advantage of poor defending, with keeper Aaron Ramsdale, standing in for Jordan Pickford, possibly able to do better with Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson’s early goal.

England had their chances, with Harry Kane missing a great opportunity and Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, among the better performers, also having opportunities. However, England looked rusty as they prepared for their Euro 2024 opener against Serbia on June 16.

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Throughout the match, England appeared vulnerable at the back, and Iceland had chances to extend their lead.

Defender John Stones was substituted at half-time due to injury, raising concerns with Harry Maguire already ruled out of the tournament.

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The loss to Iceland, ranked 72nd in the Fifa rankings, was met with jeers from the crowd, reflecting a poor performance. England’s only shot on target came late in the game, highlighting their struggles.

While the match was part of England’s preparations, the defeat to Iceland is concerning. The players received a muted send-off from the fans, indicating the disappointment in their performance.

Southgate will hope this match helped shake off some rust, but the team will need to improve significantly before Euro 2024 begins.

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