England to play Iceland after late drama at EURO 2016

After a late winner for Iceland saw them finish second in Group F rather than Portugal, Roy Hodgson's side will play the debutant nation on June 27th.

England to play Iceland after late drama at EURO 2016
England supporters against Slovakia | Photo: Catherine Ivill/AMA

After England's failure to top Group B, they will face Iceland in the first knockout round of Euro 2016 thanks to late drama on Wednesday evening.

Portugal appeared to be England's opponents as they drew 3-3 to Hungary in the game of the tournament so far. Simultaneously, Iceland scored a winner against Austria, who were tipped as dark horses but are out of the tournament, in the last second of added time.

England face Iceland in first knockout round

Roy Hodgson has been widely criticised for rotating six players against Slovakia as England drew 0-0 in an uninspiring performance. However, England have ended up with quite a kind draw in the first knockout round.

Hodgson looks on, worried, against Russia | Photo: Michael Regan/The FA
Hodgson looks on, worried, against Russia in the opening game | Photo: Michael Regan/The FA

Iceland have been one of the tournament's fairytale stories, qualifying for the first time thanks to the expanded format of the European Championships. Now, they have finished second in Group F despite being expected to be challenging for the third spot with Hungary, who, incredibly, topped the group.

Hodgson avoids Portugal after Slovakia draw

England and Iceland have met just twice before, most recently in 2004. Captain Wayne Rooney scored twice in that friendly at the Etihad Stadium in a 6-1 win. Iceland have come a huge way since that heavy defeat and will pose a challenge. However, despite finishing behind the debutant side, Portugal are regarded as a better quality side, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to form with a brace on Wednesday.

Iceland are likely to sit back against England, especially after seeing how Slovakia and Russia both managed to quieten England's fantastic attack by doing so. 

The worry for England is that France are likely to be their opponents if they do beat Iceland on Monday, June 27th at 8PM BST.