Belfast Telegraph

Iceland gave England slap in the face: Bacary Sagna

By Paul Burrows

Iceland gave England "a big slap in the face" by knocking them out of Euro 2016 on Monday, according to France full-back Bacary Sagna.

The tournament hosts will face Iceland instead of England in Sunday's quarter-final after goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson dealt the Three Lions a 2-1 last-16 defeat in Nice.

Sagna, whose team-mates at Manchester City include Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart, admitted that England's premature departure from the European Championship - and Roy Hodgson's subsequent resignation - came as some surprise.

The 33-year-old said: "It's a shock, a shock for the country. A lot of people expected it to be France v England. They've got a big slap in the face. They taught England a lesson and deserve to be where they are."

Sagna is confident Les Bleus will avoid such a lesson when they tackle Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis tomorrow

Didier Deschamps' men have been impressive on home turf, resisting Switzerland and beating Romania and Albania in the group stage and negotiating the threat posed by the Republic of Ireland. "We certainly do not underestimate Iceland but we belong to the best sides in Europe, we're among the favourites and we're at home," Sagna said.

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