Euro 2024: Rice Believes England Have Work To Do After Iceland Defeat

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Midfielder Declan Rice believes there is work to be done if England are to go far at Euro 2024 after a shock 1-0 defeat to lowly Iceland in their final game before the tournament starts.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson gave Iceland a shock early lead at Wembley and Gareth Southgate's lacklustre England could not find a response.

Swathes of supporters left before fulltime, with some of those still at the stadium jeering the home team at the final whistle.

England's campaign kicks off against Group C rivals Serbia next Sunday and Rice knows improvements are required for the Euro 2020 runners-up, who have not won a major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

"There's work to be done," said the Arsenal midfielder. "When you have that much of the ball, have a couple of clear-cut chances, and get beaten 1-0 at home just before the Euros it isn't ideal."

"There were a lot of promising performances, we played with a good tempo, always tried to play forward. We have to be a little bit more savvy. It's not ideal we lost but there are good learning curves we can build on as a team."