Despite beating Wales 2-1 in Lens last week, England somehow managed to finish below them in tonight’s final round of Euro 2016 Group B fixtures.
A frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia was only enough for Roy Hodgson’s side to finish in second place, behind a Wales side who destroyed Russia 3-0 in the other game.
Despite dominating the game, a much-change SEngland were unable to break down the Slovakian rearguard, and could potentially meet Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the next round as a result.
The final group standings see Wales qualify as group winners in their very first appearance in the competition with six points, with England finishing in second on five points and Slovakia in third on four.
— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 20, 2016
The ramifications for the next round for both Wales and England, are that Roy Hodgson’s side will play the runner-up of Group B, the group containing Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary, while Wales will face the third placed side in either group A, C or D, depending on how those groups play out tomorrow.
As one can imagine, the social media reaction to Wales finishing the group ahead of England, especially given the late dramatics of Daniel Sturridge’s winner last Thursday, have about them the unmistakable whiff of thoroughly depressed England fans:
— Naveed Afzal (@Nav_SULTAN16) June 20, 2016
Wales finishing above England pic.twitter.com/GsxTWs4oa0
— Yeswell (@JordanCresswel1) June 20, 2016
How have Wales finished above England man I cba. Fair play to them though
— Danny (@R9Rai) June 20, 2016
Shows how good England are that we finish below Wales in the group
— Ollie (@oliverdoleman) June 20, 2016
Absolutely diabolical. We are England. And we come second in a group like that and finish below Wales. Fuck off Roy Hodgson. #HodgsonOut
— Reece Hamilton (@reeceisatwat) June 20, 2016
England finishing below Wales is a bigger crime than losing to them. #sackroyhodgson
— Aaron Unitt (@AaronUnitt) June 20, 2016
When ENG are finishing below Wales in a group of 4 it means that it is a failure and an embarrassment
— Sam Wilkinson (@samJwilko) June 20, 2016
Wales coming above ENG in the group stage is a national embarrassment
— Daniel (@dannycambridge) June 20, 2016
ENG could not hit a barn door. Wales finish above us. We could get Portugal in the Quarters and I bet you Ronaldo will batter us.
— Jamie Clinkett (@jclinkett_92) June 20, 2016
Of course, some were quite happy to engage in a bit of schadenfreude:
Love how people are slating the fact ENG finished below Wales but went mental when they beat us last week “a shit team” hahaha. WALES ❤️
— Kayleigh (@kayleighgibb) June 20, 2016
ENG finishing below Wales. Oh. My. Days. #EURO2016
— Jono P (@Jono5785) June 20, 2016
Wales’ main sport is rugby and they still finished above ENG…
— BOMAYE (@Fatah14_) June 20, 2016
Wales 1st. England 2nd. Wales finish above ENG. Brilliant hahaha
— Chris McLachlan (@_ChrisMcLachlan) June 20, 2016
Gareth bale top scorer, Wales top the group above ENG. Life is pretty amazing rn
— Jack James (@JackLJames) June 20, 2016
Nothing better than seeing Wales above ENG?⚽️
— Jenna (@sendrickhuh47) June 11, 2016