Three Lions defeated by minnows Iceland

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson nets only goal at Wembley

England will enter Euro 2024 following a defeat, as they fell 1-0 to Iceland at Wembley on Friday night. Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson netted the only goal early in the first half, and although England tried hard afterwards, they posed little threat to the visitors’ goal, with Harry Kane missing The Three Lions’ best opportunity in the first half.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson scored the sole goal of the match, leading Iceland to a 1-0 victory in England’s final warm-up game before Euro 2024.

The hosts began energetically at Wembley but were shocked in the 12th minute when Thorsteinsson cut in and scored past Aaron Ramsdale after receiving a simple through ball.

Harry Kane had England’s best chance in the first half but missed his close-range shot after being set up by Cole Palmer.

Anthony Gordon was lively until he was substituted just after the hour mark, but there will be few positives for Gareth Southgate, who also faces a nervous wait to learn the extent of the early injury to John Stones.

In reality, Hakon Valdimarsson had little to do in the Iceland goal other than stay alert during set-pieces.

Thorsteinsson was found in the box with only the goalkeeper to beat and the goal at his mercy but slipped when planting his foot to shoot.

The Three Lions pressed until the final whistle, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ivan Toney making an impact off the bench, but Iceland maintained their shape excellently to secure the win.

Southgate will hope this is just a minor setback, but other teams will have taken note.

England had the majority of possession but failed to capitalise on it and were fortunate not to fall 2-0 behind when the visitors counter-attacked in the 63rd minute.

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