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Gareth Southgate admits he «totally understands» the boos from Wembley after England’s shock defeat by Iceland – and offers an update on John Stones’ injury just nine days before Euro 2024 kicks off.


England were booed at their exit from Euro 2024 as Iceland left Wembley with a shock victory to give Gareth Southgate’s side a real test.

And in news for the England head coach, he has suffered a worrying injury after John Stones suffered an ankle blow in the opening minutes just nine days before the tournament opens against Serbia.

In their final warm-up game before the European Championships, Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson fired Iceland to a shock win, meaning England head to the Euros with just one win from five matches.

Of the defeat and the fans’ reaction, Southgate said: «I totally understand (the booing). We didn’t play well enough to keep them in the game.

“We had some very, very good chances that would normally have ended, which could have given the game a different look and of course it would have affected the confidence of the opposition.

Gareth Southgate admitted he understood the backlash from the crowd as England were beaten by Iceland in their final Euro 2024 warm-up game on Friday night.

Jon Thorsteinsson's first-half goal gave Iceland their second ever win over the Three Lions

Jon Thorsteinsson’s first-half goal gave Iceland their second ever win over the Three Lions

England were met with jeers from the Wembley crowd after a frustrating performance

England were met with jeers from the Wembley crowd after a frustrating performance

“But that would mask some of the flaws that were evident tonight. From my point of view, I learned a lot from the game.

‘It focuses the mind that any complacency, that talent will bring us this trophy and that we just have to walk around… football is not like that. You have to be on point in every aspect of the game to win any game at this level and we lacked a lot of that tonight and Iceland deserved their win.

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“But I have no worries about the reaction of the fans. Having the fans here with you obviously makes a huge difference, but you have to give them enough action, you have to play well enough, push and win the ball with intensity to have them with you during the game.

«It’s not the night we wanted, the performance wasn’t at the level it needed to be.

«It’s far from an ideal night, I don’t want to hide the disappointment, but we have to stay calm because we know what needs to be fixed.»

Southgate gave a promising update on John Stones, who was substituted at half-time

Southgate gave a promising update on John Stones, who was substituted at half-time

Stones was treated for a long time on the pitch and again at half-time in the Wembley tunnel. He left the stadium with straps on his right ankle.

“John, at half-time we decided there was no point in taking any chances because we’re obviously so close to the tournament and he’s a very important player for us. We think he’s probably fine.’



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