Euro 2016: the Viking invasion continues

Euro 2016: the Viking invasion continues
By Catherine Hardy
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Iceland fans in Nice could not contain their joy at beating their North Atlantic neighbours England in Euro 2016.

  • Iceland beat England 2-1
  • “The worst performance I have seen from an English team” – former captain, Alan Shearer
  • England manager Roy Hodgson resigns after match
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Iceland fans in Nice could not contain their joy at beating their North Sea neighbours England in Euro 2016.

England are out of tournament, having lost 2-1 to the Nordic nation in the last-16 stage.

A significant number of the tiny island’s 330,000 population have travelled to France to support their national team in Euro 2016.

What they are saying

“Oh you know the Vikings are back. It’s the age of the Vikings,” said one fan on the steps of the stadium in Nice.

“It was just amazing – the most amazing feeling I felt for many years since my children were born or something. It’s just absolutely crazy,” said another, wearing a Viking helmet.

“I am shocked, but not surprised. We have a really good team and it’s absolutely the best players that we have. And they do everything for each other,” added a third.

Iceland

  • National team ranked 34th in the world
  • Population 330,000
  • One of the world’s oldest democracies – the Althing or parliament was founded by the Vikings in 930.
  • Is tiny (39,000 sq kilometres) but has 20 active volcanoes ### Post-match turmoil

“That was the worst performance I have seen from an England team. Ever.” – former England captain Alan Shearer

England manager Roy Hodgson announced his resignation after the match.

In tweets

Hear the Iceland commentator go crazy:

There's excited… + there's the Icelandic football commentator the moment they make the #Euro2016 quarter finals… https://t.co/D9VnNEJouW

— ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) June 27, 2016

Watch the Iceland team salute their fans from the pitch:

And here's a video of that #Iceland collective celebration with the fans https://t.co/xP1cDpcfrlhttps://t.co/b90HPmyMMO#EURO2016

— ThePriteshRathod (@prathod2008) June 28, 2016

Party in Reykjavik! Iceland celebrates shocking win over England at #Euro2016https://t.co/QUDez82Oye

— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 28, 2016

Iceland heroes leave England in turmoil https://t.co/QHKfSMmXYK#EURO2016pic.twitter.com/bNZO6Ib4cD

— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 28, 2016

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