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Euro 2024: Southgate disappointed with ‘disjointed’ England loss to Iceland

Gareth Southgate did not hold back on his assessment of England's 1-0 loss to Iceland ahead of Euro 2024.

Gareth Southgate of England

England boss Gareth Southgate admits he was disappointed with his side’s “disjointed” performance against Iceland.

The Three Lions lost 1-0 at Wembley in their final warm-up match ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany and it was a slightly worrying scene for the 90,000 fans who had flocked to Wembley to wave their nation off.

England simply could not break their Scandinavian opponents down and were caught on the counter-attack to go behind early in the match.

From there, it was always going to be a difficult route back in and despite the best efforts of Harry Kane and Co, the Three Lions could not recover and the loss has slightly dampened spirits ahead of the summer’s tournament.

Speaking to Channel 4 after the match, Southgate said: “It was obviously a disjointed and disappointing performance and we didn’t show enough character but I think it’s good for us before an international tournament.

“I think we’ve got to be better without the ball. I think that there were a lot of reasons for that and across the two games we probably haven’t had our full side out across any two games. We’ve been able to look at people, we’ve been able to learn about the balance of the team.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of last matches leading into a tournament. Inevitably players have one eye on what’s coming in terms of early challenges. No excuses on the result but there are a lot of things we can put right quickly.”

England have just over a week to put things right before the take on Serbia in their Group C opener.

They will then face Denmark before finishing against Slovenia.

Southgate may not have liked what he saw on the pitch tonight, but he still believes his side are ready to challenge for the European title in Germany.

He added: “We’ll be ready. Tonight hasn’t gone as we would have hoped.

“I said to the players that not every day will go as you want and tonight was one of those.

“But also not everything will be wrong, we had enough chances really to win the game but we conceded too many chances as well.”


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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.