Wales players don’t regret cheering on England’s Euro 2016 exit
Welsh players celebrated Iceland’s victory on Monday night which saw England crash out
June 29th, 2016
With England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland tumbling out of Euro 2016 at the last sixteen stage, it is left for Wales to fly the flag for the Home Nations.
Chris Coleman’s side face Belgium on Friday night, although it appears that Wales are in the headlines for celebrating Iceland’s victory over the English on Monday evening.
A clip on social media emerged with pictures of the Wales players on their feet at the final whistle, although they maintain it was as much about Iceland reaching the latter stages compared to England going out.
“No regrets,” Chris Gunter said. “It might have looked slightly over the top but it wasn’t meant that way. We were just ever so proud to be the last home nations team in the tournament and football has a funny way of bringing out emotions. We were written off before a ball was kicked and so were Iceland, so it was only natural for us to celebrate their win.
“We see Iceland as similar to us in terms of a smaller nation doing well. Like us they are here on merit after coming through a really tough qualification group. They didn’t sneak in. They have been doing really well and that’s fantastic for football.
“Iceland have been unbelievable in this tournament and that was half of the celebrations,” he said. “Everybody has been cheering them on. The footage was never meant to be shown and I can see how it comes across, but all we were doing was sticking up for another small nation.”