‘England Were Taught A Lesson,’ Manchester City Player Says.

England was eliminated from the Round of 16 at Euro 2016, then Wales players were caught celebrating their exit and now, Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has said it was a “big slap in the face” for the three lions to have suffered defeat from a low-rated Iceland.

Image: Sagna in action for France.

A win for England in the game would have squared them up with France for a quarter final showdown before the unexpected humiliation in Nice on Monday.

Full of national pride and ready to defend the country’s colors, Sagna says it’s impossible for France to succumb just like England, to the smallest country to ever compete in a European Championship.

Sagna says it’s still a shock to realize that the Three Lions have been sent packing from Euro 2016. In his analysis, he thinks England have been “taught a lesson” by Iceland.

The French player however, admits England has been over-criticised probably because the team boasts of quality players from ‘the best league in the world’.

“It’s a shock, a shock for the country. A lot of people expected it to be France v England,” Sagna is quoted by Sky Sports as saying. 

“They’ve got a big slap in the face. The criticism of the players is too much. They’ll get a new coach and try to manage the pressure better.

“I thought England would win because they have a young team with plenty of talent. On the other hand, I was quite happy for Iceland because they played really well. They taught England a lesson and deserve to be where they are.”

“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,” he added.

“We have a status to live up to. When we see how the people in the fan zones celebrate when we score a goal, it warms our hearts. We just can’t let them down.

“I’m not thinking about defeat. I’m not planning to go on holidays early. I want to go all the way.”

The former Arsenal right-back has featured in every minute of France’s campaign to date, totally earning himself 55 caps since his Les Bleus debut in 2007.

Although the 33-year-old player is yet to win a trophy with France at the international level, prospects are high that the time could be now–France have won two major tournaments when playing on home soil [Euro 1984 and the 1998 World Cup].

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  6. The country needs a better coach with the right plan for his big stars. I think it’s management that’s killing England national team.

  7. The English team can come learn from Brazil. Lol. Seriously, the English team is really good and every member of the squad is a big name. I don’t understand why they don’t make headway in international football. There must be something wrong going on.

  8. We love England because they brought us football. It’s a pity other countries took it away from them but they still have our respect.

  9. England seem to be having a bit of hard luck in international games recently. Whether it’s a curse or not, the three lions need to roar before the world come Russia 2018.