Euro 2016: England v Iceland factfile

Image: Iceland are the smallest nation ever to qualify for a major tournament

England will face Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland in the last 16 - but how do the teams compare?

Arnor Traustason's stoppage-time winner against Austria booked a Monday night Nice showdown between two very different footballing nations.

Here's how the two countries stack up against each other…  

England face Iceland

England face Iceland

England will play Iceland in the last 16 at Euro 2016


Iceland are the smallest nation to qualify for a major tournament. The country's population is estimated to be around 330,000 - that's smaller than the city of Leicester. However, like Leicester's football club in the Premier League this season, Iceland are shocking their more illustrious opponents at the European Championship.

In contrast, England has a population of over 53m, according to the 2011 census.

Netherland's Memphis Depay (R) reacts after losing  the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round football match between Netherlands and Iceland at the Arena Stadium
Image: Iceland stunned the Netherlands in qualifying, beating the Dutch home and away

Domestic football

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While all of Roy Hodgson's squad play in England, none of Iceland's Euro 2016 group play their football in their homeland. In fact, there are no professional clubs in the country.

The Icelandic title has over 100 years of history but there have been just 11 different champions and there are currently only 12 teams in the Iceland Premier League.

Stretching back to 1888/89, with 24 champions, England's domestic football set-up is a world away; there are four professional leagues, billionaire owners at the biggest clubs and superstar footballers in the Premier League. And much of it is broadcast around the world to an audience of millions.

I've always supported England at big international tournaments when we haven't been playing. It's a dream come true.
Iceland's Kari Arnason

On the pitch

For much of Iceland's existence as a footballing nation, since their first official fixture against Denmark in 1946, they didn't attempt to qualify for major tournaments. However, while there were a few shock results in the past - such as the 1991 win over Spain - Iceland have steadily improved over recent years.

Iceland's two managers

Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson are joint managers of Iceland.

Lagerback has previously coached Sweden and Nigeria. Hallgrimsson practised as a dentist when he was Lagerback's assistant.

In 2004 they beat Italy and finished just one point away from a play-off spot for the European Championship finals. Ten years on they lost a two-leg play-off with Croatia to go to the 2014 World Cup.

In qualifying for Euro 2016, Iceland broke new ground - beating the Netherlands home and away en route. But far from making up the numbers in France, they have drawn with Portugal and Hungary and beaten Austria to reach the knockout stages.

Roy Hodgson manager of England looks on
Image: Roy Hodgson is under pressure as England manager

For England, though, there is a demand to deliver after repeated failures at recent tournaments. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said Hodgson must take England deep into the tournament to earn a renewed contract and there will be immense pressure on the Three Lions not to suffer an embarrassing upset.

Stats at Euro 2016

Iceland's win against Austria meant they finished Group F in second and will now face England in the last-16.
Image: Iceland's win against Austria meant they finished Group F in second

The numbers behind Iceland and England's second-place finishes in their respective groups highlights the different approaches of the two teams on the field - and hints at the type of encounter we can expect on Monday in Nice.

Iceland have actually out-scored England in their three games at Euro 2016 by four goals to three but Hodgson's side have fired 26 more shots at goal and have had exactly twice as many touches in the opposition box.

England v Iceland - most decorated players at Euro 2016

Wayne Rooney Eidur Gudjohnsen
1 Champions League 1 Champions League
5 Premier Leagues 2 Premier Leagues
1 FA Cup 1 La Liga
2 League Cups 1 League Cup
3 Community Shields 2 Community Shields
1 Club World Cup 2 Spanish Super Cups
1 Copa del Rey
1 UEFA Super Cup
1 Eredivisie
1 Dutch Cup
Total: 13 Total: 13

Iceland's total of 797 passes in the group stage demonstrates their direct style - England have made 1,536 - and their average possession share of 34.7 per cent suggests Hodgson's side will have plenty of the ball on Monday.

However, English football fans know just how effective a direct team without possession can be, having seen Leicester win the Premier League this season.

England v Iceland at Euro 2016

England Stats Iceland
3 Games played 3
3 Goals 4
2 Goals conceded 3
43 Total shots 17
90 Touches in opp. box 45
1,396 Short passes 577
140 Long passes 220
85.6% Pass completion 60.9%
6 Shots on target faced 20

Past meetings

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM:  England's Frank Lampard scores 05 June 2004 to make it 1-0 against Iceland during today's FA Summer tournament match at the Ci
Image: Frank Lampard was on the scoresheet when England and Iceland last met - a 6-1 win for the hosts in Manchester

England and Iceland have met twice before. The first encounter was in 1982 when Paul Goddard scored with 20 minutes remaining to spare England's blushes in a friendly in Reykjavik. Arnor Gudjohnsen had hit the net in the first half for the hosts - his son, former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, is in Iceland's Euro 2016 squad.

England supporters will be hoping their last-16 meeting with Iceland is more like their 2004 friendly in Manchester, when two goals from Wayne Rooney and Darius Vassell and strikes from Frank Lampard and Wayne Bridge helped Sven-Goran Eriksson's men to a 6-1 win. 

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