Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Wales celebrate Iceland's win over England

England captain Wayne Rooney cuts a frustrated figure during their embarrassing Euro 2016 loss by Iceland

England coach Roy Hodgson salutes Wayne Rooney as he leaves the pitch to be replaced during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Monday, June... They now play Belgium in the quarter-finals.

They rely on a defensive resilience that has made them extremely tough to break down, while counting on a direct style of play at the attacking end. "We are too small to have an army and lack manpower, so would be easily beaten rather quickly". Once things began to go horribly wrong, it was clear that nobody had a plan to fix it. After the resignation of Roy Hodgson, the team's manager, another revered British institution is a rudderless disgrace.

"And that's why everybody is supporting them, you probably can correlate that to having an army".

Iceland was one of the few nations to have welcomed Brexit with their president, Olafur Grimsson, commenting that Britain should look north to a trading bloc that would include Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In 1950, England came into the World Cup as one of the top teams in the world with a record of 23 wins in 28 games since World War II.

"Italy are the outside favourites and they turned it on [against Spain on Monday to win 2-0] with some players that a lot of people might not have heard of", Hill said.

Can the team, which surprised so many by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16, do the same to host France when they meet at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis?

England are definitely the better of the two teams on paper but Iceland have caused all the teams they've played trouble at this tournament and we need to be wary of their abilities. "You can go wherever the hell you want!"

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Then they took on England's team of Premier League stars, some of the most highly paid footballers on earth.

"We are not afraid of anyone".

"To be honest, I am not even contemplating going out to Iceland", Hodgson said.

"I will prepare the team for Iceland, we will do the best we can to win the game". "So I was more relaxed now than in the game against Austria".

While maybe not quite as improbable as Iceland's progress, Wales have themselves overcome the odds to reach the quarter-finals and set up a clash with Belgium in Lille on Friday.

England were expected to dominate possession and wear down Iceland's deep defence.

Iceland have had plenty of attention from referees so far (Francois Mori/AP) And if all this makes it sound like the game will be very predictable, the same is also true of Iceland's teamsheet. Bale has three goals in four games and it was his risky cross that led to the Gareth McAuley's own goal.

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