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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Holland are no England as this former Charlton Athletic star suffers humiliation

By Alessandro Schiavone in Rotterdam

Holland 4-0 Iceland

Goals: Simons, Van Dijk, Malen, Weghorst

If Johann Berg Gudmundsson's Iceland developed a taste for humiliating England over the years, the same can't be said about the Netherlands who just proved out of sight.

Only three days after their staggering 1-0 at Wembley over the Three Lions, Iceland were on the end of a 4-0 decking in Rotterdam this time.

Charlton Athletic one-timer Gudmundsson, like the rest of his teammates, played a decent first half but huffed and puffed before fading as the game progressed. The tiredness after their unlikely victory over Gareth Southgate's disjointed team, showed as the minutes passed at De Kuip. They self-destructed by continuing to play with a high line which the Dutch cashed in on such as when Malen ran in behind two Icelandic defenders to latch onto a well-weighted Memphis Depay cross before slotting home.

Maverick Xavi Simons put the Dutch in command after burying Denzel Dumfries' flick-on from Joey Veerman's cross. Virgil Van Diuk headed home his side's second four minutes after the restart.

Donyell Malen and Burnley flop Wout Weghorst were both on target to complete the rout. That's now two 4-0 wins in a row for Ronald Koeman's Dutch who are emerging as the dark horses of Euro 2024.

Eight years after wowing the French crowds at Euro 2016, Gudmundsson, 33, and his Icelandic teammates won't travel to Germany this time around.

And while England will certainly breathe a huge sigh of relief, for Gudmundsson, who was released by Burnley, the tournament would have represented a brilliant opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a last big payday.

A return to League One side Charlton Athletic should however be ruled out despite the player's love for London.

Wembley and the first 45 minutes yesterday night showed that he can still hold his own at the highest level despite a patchy season in Lancashire.

The lingering question is, would any of our London clubs be ready to take a punt on him given his age,salary demands and decreasing output on Premier League pitches?


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