Rooney: “We were very poor against Iceland”

Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney. Photo: AFP

Soul-searching continues in the ranks of English football on the subject of England’s last-16 exit from Euro 2016 – at the hands of tiny Iceland.

Talking to the Daily Mail yesterday , England and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney speaks out about the now (in)famous game, in which Iceland knocked the mighty England out of the European Finals 2-1.

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He is the first England international to speak out about what went wrong in the country’s Euro 2016 campaign.

“I felt we had a good squad,” Rooney says. “A lot of ability, a lot of talent. Yes, we had some young lads and you know there is a risk some won’t react as positively at a tournament, but I still thought we could do really well. To then go out as we did, and against Iceland, was beyond disappointing.”

Iceland's Aron Einar Gunnarsson and England's Wayne Rooney battling it …

Iceland's Aron Einar Gunnarsson and England's Wayne Rooney battling it out at Euro 2016. Photo: AFP

Rooney blames, among other things, the “increasing tyranny of the obsession with possession football”, an issue which evidently did not plague Iceland as they faced their last-16 clash against England.

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“You need to get the balance right. You can over-complicate football. You keep moving the ball but if you’re not getting near the goal, what’s the point?”

“We were very poor against Iceland. […] Possession’s fine, but it needs to have direction to it, and most times that has to be towards goal.”

You can read the full Daily Mail interview here .

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