Iceland facts you don't want to know

England fans beware. This article isn’t going to make you feel any better.

It’s being called the most embarrassing defeat in English sporting history: Iceland 2 – 1 England.

The players are on their way home, Roy Hodgson has resigned and there are a lot of unhappy faces around the country.

So how about the team that knocked England out? Here are seven facts about Iceland that you may not want to know.

Their manager is a dentist

Heimir Hallgrimsson

Yup. Heimir Hallgrimsson. The man who led Iceland to victory over England.

He’s not even a full-time manager. He’s a practising dentist.

Roy Hodgson, on the other hand, was full time. He was being paid £3.5 million a year.

8% of Iceland’s population has gone to the Euros

Icelandic fans

Image caption Who’s watering the plants back in Iceland?

Around 320,000 people live in Iceland. It’s roughly the size of Coventry, or – if you will – Leicester.

The Icelandic FA think 27,000 people bought tickets to watch their national team at the finals.

That’s around 8% of the entire country.

They don’t have any professional teams

Aron Gunnarsson takes a selfie with fans

There are only 12 teams in the Icelandic Premier League. They’re all part time.

England has 72 teams in its football league. They’re all professional.

The Premier League is the richest league in the world.

Most of the time, it’s too cold and dark there to play football

Ice in Iceland

For eight months each year, the Icelandic weather is so bad that it’s nearly impossible to train outside.

Temperatures in the capital, Reykyavik, regularly drop below freezing and in winter they get between four and five hours of sunlight a day.

To get round this, they’ve built indoor “football houses” to train their young players.

If you’re an Icelandic man, your chances of making the team are high

Iceland player Aron Gunnarsson kisses his girlfriend

According to the Icelandic embassy, there are less than 50,000 men in the country between the ages of 20 and 40.

That means they’ve each got around a 2,000/1 chance of making the squad.

The talent pool in England is a fair bit bigger – there are more than 7m men who’re the right age to play.

The squad is the country’s last line of defence (no, really)

Iceland players celebrate a

Iceland doesn’t have an army, navy or air force.

“We are too few to have an army,” coach/dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson said.

“We would probably be easily defeated if we were to go to war, lacking manpower. So these guys are the Icelandic army, that’s why everyone is supporting them.”

Iceland fans are absolutely loving life right now

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