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Euro2016: McClaren expects repercussions of England loss to be enormous

Steve McClaren admits he never would have expected England to lose to Iceland in a million years.

In the wake of the Three Lions' 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the Round of 16 at Euro2016, former national team manager McClaren suggested that the implications of the defeat will be massive.

Roy Hodgson's side did well after conceding an equaliser to Ragnar Sigurdsson in the 6th minute - following Wayne Rooney's earlier opener - but fell to Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's eventual 18th-minute winner and McClaren felt overall it was a subpar showing against a very beatable opponent.

"The opening minutes they showed what they were capable of doing and then they completely disintegrated," said McClaren, speaking as a guest on Sky Sports News HQ.

"The second goal killed them. There was a lack of leadership and experience; no confidence, no trust in each other. You could see the team had no belief. Everyone was playing as individuals at the end. The players were so disappointing.

"It was a very average Iceland team that plays to their strengths. Tactically they're very good but they're a throwback in terms of how they play the game and we weren't used to it. It was the simplest gameplan but it was executed by players who believed in it, trusted in it and didn't veer from it.

"They've had a memorable win and the repercussions of this are going to be enormous.

"I never expected it - never in a million years. But the fourth game exposed England and there's going to be an inquest about everything - players, set-up, the way we go forward. Surely now we have an opportunity where we sit back and say: 'What exactly is our problem and what do we need to do to go forward?'"

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