Iceland boss likens his side to EPL champions Leicester

Heimir Hallgrimsson (L) head coach of Iceland and Ari Skulason (R) celebrate their 2-1 win over England.

Iceland joint-boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has likened his side to Premier League champions Leicester following Monday’s shock victory over England.

Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback’s men pulled off a remarkable 2-1 win against the Three Lions in Nice to advance to a Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with hosts France.

Iceland – a country with a population of just over 330,000 – have never previously qualified for a major tournament.

Leicester created shockwaves last season with their stunning march to the English top-flight title, a year on from a late surge away from the relegation zone.

And Hallgrimsson told uefa.com: "I really would like things to end like they did with Leicester.

"They played to their strengths and we are trying to do the same. I think there is the same kind of spirit in both teams, we are willing to work together."

During a match on Monday that left England humiliated and prompted the immediate resignation of boss Roy Hodgson, Hallgrimsson and fellow co-boss Lagerback were seen laughing in the dugout when Iceland scored their second goal and ultimate winner.

Asked about that incident, Hallgrimsson added: "It was just a moment of relief. We said before the match that conceding an early goal was the worst possible thing.

"To answer that quickly was a psychological boost for us. It shocked us a bit when they scored this early, but I think it shocked the English even more to concede right away.

"There was nothing special about that laugh, just in the moment, it was just fun."