Iceland defender Kari Arnason said his nation’s European Championship last-16 win over England “shocked the world”
We all believed. The rest of the world didn’t but we did
Iceland will play hosts France in the quarter-final on Sunday after goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson knocked out England and forced manager Roy Hodgson to resign.
Arnason said: “We all believed. The rest of the world didn’t but we did.
“This is without a doubt the biggest result in Icelandic football history. We’ve shocked the world.”
Wayne Rooney put England ahead with a fourth-minute penalty but Iceland were ahead by the 18th minute and held on comfortably despite Hodgson’s side having 18 attempts on goal.
Iceland defender Sigurdsson, 29, accused England of complacency against a side who had already held Portugal and Hungary and beaten Austria during the group stage.
“They thought this would be a walk in the park but we had faith in our ability,” Sigurdsson said.
“It went well. We didn’t feel that England created any chances. We were just heading away long balls. I wasn’t stressed in the second half.”
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson – joint manager with former Sweden boss Lars Lagerback – praised his side for taking their chances and is in confident mood for Sunday’s quarter-final in Paris.
“I was more relaxed than during the game against Austria,” he said.
“If someone had told me a few years ago that we would reach the last eight, I have to say I would not believe it.