England given a 'big slap in the face', says France defender Bacary Sagna

France defender Bacary Sagna
Image: France defender Bacary Sagna says England got a 'big slap in the face' after the Iceland defeat

England's shock Euro 2016 exit to Iceland was a "big slap in the face" for the squad, says France defender Bacary Sagna.

England would have played France in the quarter-finals this weekend if they came through the last-16 tie against smallest ever nation to feature at a European Championship.

But Lars Lagerback's men were victorious in Nice and set up a meeting with France at the Stade de France on Sunday.

Ahead of the last-eight clash, Manchester City right-back Sagna was on media duty for Les Bleus and admitted that England's departure from the tournament was a big upset.

"It's a shock, a shock for the country. A lot of people expected it to be France v England," he told a press conference on Friday.

"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.

Iceland beat England at Euro 2016
Image: Iceland beat England on Monday to set up a quarter-final tie with hosts France this weekend

"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."

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Sagna - who has won praise for convincing displays in the tournament - also added he was confident Les Bleus would survive Sunday's tricky test at the Stade de France.

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"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 said.

"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 France squad celebrate with Antoine Griezmann after he scored his sides first goal against Albania
Image: France are one of the favorites to win their home European Championships

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has set a place in the last four as the goal for the host nation, meaning Sunday's match will determine whether the tournament is a success or a failure for Les Blues.

"I don't agree," Sagna said. "To me, bowing out in the semi-finals would still be a failure. We all know what we're here for".

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