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'That was nothing to do with me' Nolan jokes over show's 'mature take' on England's Euro 2016 defeat


BBC presenter Stephen Nolan.

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan.

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan.

BBC radio presenter Stephen Nolan has - jokingly - distanced himself from a segment broadcast on his morning Radio Ulster show about England's humiliating defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championships finals.

England, tipped as favourites to win the competition before it began, suffered their worst ever defeat in a tournament since 1950.

Iceland, ranked 34th in the world, dealt a hammer blow to the Three Lions, winning 2-1 in Nice and putting England manager Roy Hodgson out of a job.

Ex-England internationals, pundits and fans have heaped criticism on the team for their lacklustre showing at the tournament.

And on the morning after the night before, Stephen Nolan was no different - or at least the producers behind his show were no different.

The Nolan Show opened with an audio compilation of some of the 'highlights' from the game and the build-up in a segment billed as a "typically mature Nolan Show take on England's Euro 2016 defeat".

To the tune of The Laughing Policeman, it began with ex-England forward Alan Shearer saying how drawing Iceland in the last 16 was "very good" and considering the players' Champions League experience, their tournament experience and the small population of Iceland, then defeat would be "unthinkable".

"This game will be a walk in the park," ex-Manchester United and England international defender Rio Ferdinand says.

Cut in was the commentary of game from England's slide to Iceland's rise from each countries' broadcasters.

The Icelandic commentator reaches untold levels of excitement as he calls his country's historic win over the one-time World Cup winners.

"That's obviously made by the Nolan production team," Nolan says at the end of the piece.

"Which I distance myself from immediately, or I will never work on Five Live again."


Belfast Telegraph