Dele Alli is adamant England’s humiliation at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 has helped the team become stronger.
Having scraped through their group in unconvincing fashion following draws against Russia and Slovakia either side of a 2-1 win over Wales, England met unfancied Iceland in the first knockout phase.
Although Iceland had impressed neutrals by overcoming the odds to progress thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat of Austria in their final group game, England were still expected to triumph comfortably if they played to their capabilities.
But at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, Iceland beat England 2-1 despite falling behind to Wayne Rooney’s early penalty, dumping England out in embarrassing fashion.
Alli reckons that defeat has actually helped England improve, however.
‘’Yeah, I definitely think we’ve gained from it,’’ he is quoted as saying by the Telegraph ahead of Friday’s friendly with Netherlands.
‘’You never know what will happen in a tournament, but as a team we feel stronger, we feel more together and we are learning from it. It’s important that we learn from it together.’’