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Poor England head to Euro 2024 after Iceland defeat

Poor England head to Euro 2024 after Iceland defeat

Update: 2024-06-071
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England's final warm-up match before Euro 2024 ended in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland at Wembley, raising concerns about the team's form and cohesion heading into the tournament. The performance was described as disjointed and lacking in intensity, with England struggling to break down a compact Icelandic defense. Despite having 68% possession, England only managed one shot on target, while Iceland had four. The lack of a clear attacking plan and the absence of a standout performer were also highlighted as areas of concern. The defeat has prompted questions about Gareth Southgate's team selection and tactics, particularly in midfield, where the manager has yet to find a consistent and effective combination. However, the players and coaching staff remain confident that they can turn things around in time for the tournament, with Southgate emphasizing the importance of learning from the defeat and addressing the issues that were exposed. Scotland, meanwhile, drew 2-2 with Finland in their final warm-up match, with a two-goal lead slipping away in the second half. Despite the draw, Scotland manager Steve Clarke expressed satisfaction with the performance, highlighting the positive contributions of Anthony Ralston, Lawrence Shankland, and Tommy Conway. Both England and Scotland will now have a week to prepare for their opening Euro 2024 matches, with England facing Serbia on June 16th and Scotland taking on Germany on June 15th.

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00:00:00
England's Disappointing Defeat to Iceland

This Chapter discusses England's 1-0 loss to Iceland in their final warm-up match before Euro 2024. The performance was described as disjointed and lacking in intensity, with England struggling to break down a compact Icelandic defense. Despite having 68% possession, England only managed one shot on target, while Iceland had four. The lack of a clear attacking plan and the absence of a standout performer were also highlighted as areas of concern.

00:27:11
Scotland's Draw with Finland

This Chapter discusses Scotland's 2-2 draw with Finland in their final warm-up match. Despite a two-goal lead slipping away in the second half, Scotland manager Steve Clarke expressed satisfaction with the performance, highlighting the positive contributions of Anthony Ralston, Lawrence Shankland, and Tommy Conway.

Keywords

Euro 2024
The 2024 UEFA European Championship, a major international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024. This tournament is the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, and it is the third time that Germany has hosted the tournament, after 1988 and 2008.

England national football team
The national football team of England, representing England in international football. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England. England has won the FIFA World Cup once, in 1966, and has been runners-up in 1966 and 1990. They have also won the UEFA European Championship once, in 1966, and have been runners-up in 1996 and 2020.

Iceland national football team
The national football team of Iceland, representing Iceland in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI), the governing body for football in Iceland. Iceland has never won the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship, but they have qualified for the FIFA World Cup once, in 2018, and the UEFA European Championship once, in 2016.

Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate is an English professional football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the England national football team. Southgate has been in charge of England since 2016, and he led the team to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2020.

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England. It is the home of the England national football team and the FA Cup Final. The stadium was opened in 2007, and it has a capacity of 90,000. It is the largest stadium in the United Kingdom and the second largest in Europe.

Scotland national football team
The national football team of Scotland, representing Scotland in international football. It is controlled by the Scottish Football Association (SFA), the governing body for football in Scotland. Scotland has never won the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship, but they have qualified for the FIFA World Cup eight times and the UEFA European Championship twice.

Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke is a Scottish professional football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the Scotland national football team. Clarke has been in charge of Scotland since 2019, and he led the team to qualification for the UEFA European Championship in 2020.

Hampton Park
Hampton Park is a football stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. It is the home of the Scotland national football team. The stadium was opened in 1903, and it has a capacity of 42,000. It is the largest stadium in Scotland.

Lawrence Shankland
Lawrence Shankland is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hearts and the Scotland national football team. Shankland is known for his goalscoring ability, and he has scored over 100 goals in his professional career. He made his international debut for Scotland in 2022.

Tommy Conway
Tommy Conway is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bristol City and the Scotland national football team. Conway made his international debut for Scotland in 2023.

Q&A

  • What were the main concerns raised about England's performance against Iceland?

    The main concerns were the disjointed and lacking intensity of the performance, the struggle to break down a compact Icelandic defense, the lack of a clear attacking plan, and the absence of a standout performer.

  • What are the key areas that England needs to improve before Euro 2024?

    England needs to improve their attacking cohesion, find a consistent and effective midfield combination, and ensure that the players are mentally and physically prepared for the tournament.

  • What were the positives from Scotland's draw with Finland?

    The positives were the positive contributions of Anthony Ralston, Lawrence Shankland, and Tommy Conway, and the fact that the team was able to control the game for much of the match.

  • What are the key challenges facing Scotland heading into Euro 2024?

    Scotland will need to improve their defensive solidity and ensure that they can maintain their concentration throughout the entire match.

  • What are the key takeaways from both England and Scotland's final warm-up matches?

    Both teams have areas to improve before the tournament, but they also have the potential to be successful. England needs to find a way to unlock defenses and play with more intensity, while Scotland needs to improve their defensive solidity and maintain their concentration throughout the entire match.

Show Notes

Aaron Paul hosts reaction to England's 1-0 friendly defeat to Iceland at Wembley with Senior Football reporter Ian Dennis, former West Ham defender Matt Upson and former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin.

Football correspondent John Murray speaks to England manager Gareth Southgate, winger Anthony Gordon and defender Marc Guehi.

Scotland were also in action ahead of Euro 2024 as they drew 2-2 with Finland. Hear from head coach Steve Clarke and striker Lawrence Shankland.

TOPICS
0 mins - England 0-1 Iceland reaction
7 mins - Gareth Southgate
15 mins - Anthony Gordon
22 mins - Marc Guehi
26 mins - Scotland 2-2 Finland report
27 mins - Steve Clarke
29 mins - Lawrence Shankland

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Poor England head to Euro 2024 after Iceland defeat

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