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Twitter celebrates as sorry England leave Euro 2016

Viral videos abound after Roy Hodgson's dire team lose to North Atlantic minnows Iceland

The fall-out from England's horror show against Iceland on Monday continues, with social media still revelling in the demise of the Three Lions.

Among the most popular digs is a brilliant reworking of an ad for supermarket chain Iceland from website Joe, featuring cameos from Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and, most memorably, Chris Smalling.

But while Hodgson's resignation may have raised a cheer, the outgoing England boss still has some way to go before his stock falls as low as that of Steve McClaren. 

England's hapless former manager somehow found a way to muscle in on the team's most recent humiliation as his expert analysis in Sky Sports unravelled in spectacular fashion with Iceland's second goal.

McClaren may not have enjoyed watching the winner, but it went down well in Wales.

Footage of the Welsh squad celebrating England's exit somehow made it onto Twitter, forcing several players, including full-back Chris Gunter, to issue statements denying they were pleased to see the back of the Three Lions and were merely celebrating the fact they had won the unofficial battle between the home nations by becoming the only side to qualify for the quarter-finals.

In England, however, the mood was rather more sombre. Journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer had to apologise for branding the team "overpaid nonces" on the BBC newspaper round-up.

Her later attempt to clarify her position was welcome, but still somewhat inflammatory.

However, Hartley-Brewer's reaction was nothing compared to that of radio presenter Danny Baker, who made his feelings abundantly clear in a series of tweets - but be warned, his language was less than conciliatory.

Iceland send England packing with epic commentary rant - video

28 June

There have been better nights in English football. Monday night's incredible 2-1 defeat to Iceland will go down in history as one of the most unexpected results in the history of tournament football, and represented a shattering new low for the Three Lions - and boy did the Icelandic commentator on the game know it.

Gudmundur Benediktsson gained some degree of internet fame for his vocal cord-shredding celebrations when his nation qualified for the last 16 with a late win over Austria, and all eyes (well, ears) were on him when Joe Hart's second howler in three games gave Iceland a historic win.

He didn't disappoint.

A customary explosion followed Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's low shot squirming through Joe Hart's hands, but his true masterpiece came at the full time whistle - an outpouring of pure joy and adrenaline, and a dig at England to rival Norwegian Bjorge Lillelien's infamous "one hell of a beating" rant in 1981. 

Defying his wrecked vocal chords, a shrieking Benediktsson gave England quite the send off. His rant can be translated as: "You can go home. You can leave Europe. You can go wherever the hell you want!"

So for the second time in a week, England have made a stunning, unexpected departure from Europe, a largely disliked leader quits immediately, and nobody has a single idea what comes next.

Do spare a thought for poor Joe Hart, though. No, not the England goalkeeper, but comedian Joe Hart who has the Twitter handle @joehart and endured something of a rough time after the game as angry fans vented their frustrations on him.

Euro 2016: German coach Joachim Low in new scratch'n'sniff shock

27 June

Germany have played some pretty impressive football at Euro 2016, but it's their manager Joachim Low who has been stealing the headlines and his hygeine habits were once again under scrutiny after his side brushed past Slovakia in the last 16 on Sunday.

Low was shamed into a public apology after Germany's Euro 2016 opener against Ukraine, having been caught on camera rummaging around inside his trousers - front AND back - and having a sniff of the results. Claiming that it was a subconscious act, he said "it happened and I am sorry."

He went on to claim "it was adrenaline and concentration", which is hopefully an explanation of why he did it - not an analysis what he discovered.

The potent combination was in effect once again during Germany's 3-0 win over Slovakia on Sunday evening in Lille, with the German coach caught red handed, this time investigating what was going on in his armpits.

Joachim Low settling for a less unacceptable armpit sniff

— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 26, 2016

It may not have been as graphic as his earlier indiscretion, but Low lost points on social media for double-dipping in his armpits before sniffing the results.

And Twitter didn't show the German coach any mercy, blasting the 56-year-old as a "nasty man" and expressing some concerns over just what might come next from Low if Germany continue their progress through the tournament.

Roy Keane strangles Robbie Brady as Ireland celebrate Italy win

23 June

Roy Keane has more than earned his reputation at Martin O'Neill's enforcer in the Republic of Ireland setup, and showed his, er, unique motivational techniques again on Wednesday night, when a last-gasp win over Italy put his side into the knockout stages of Euro 2016. 

Goalscorer Robbie Brady made his way over to celebrate with his side's coaching staff when the full-time whistle blew, and some eagle-eyed fans on social media spotted Keane giving him a slightly unorthodox congratulation for his efforts. 

Nobody's quite sure what Keane said to him during the celebration, presumably something along the lines of: "If you hadn't buried that header..."

One solid dose of celebratory strangling later, and Brady was allowed to slip away without further molestation - only to be replaced in the celebrations by the legendary figure of Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon, who came over from his place on the bench immediately to congratulate Keane and O'Neill.

Keane was far from the only Irishman in Lille who forgot how to celebrate though, with one Twitter user capturing a fan in the crowd who began to bless himself, only to appear to forget the motions amid the mayhem - staring at his hands in blank confusion.


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