Gallery - Utter despair: England's early departure from Euro 2016 in pictures ...

ENGLAND are heading home after Iceland, the smallest nation ever to grace a major tournament, inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats in English football history.

Iceland players celebrate after the final whistle after beating England 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
Iceland players celebrate after the final whistle after beating England 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

Having arrived at Euro 2016 among the favourites, falling at the last-16 hurdle to a country the size of Leicester ranks alongside the 1950 World Cup exit to the United States in the embarrassment stakes.

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England's Raheem Sterling (left) is brought down by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to concede a penalty. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

It was a result few could argue with after a cumbersome, uninspiring and ragged England display at the Stade de Nice, where Iceland secured a deserved 2-1 win thanks to a ruthlessness the Three Lions could only dream of.

England's Wayne Rooney scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot to get Roy Hodgson's team off to the perfect start .... Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

Here - and you can choose to avert your gaze now if you want - is a reminder of England’s night of misery in Nice.

... but England's joy soon turned to despair when Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson swiftly equalised. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA.
Matters got worse before the break when Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put his side ahead with a scuffed shot that somehow beat goalkeeper Joe Hart. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
.... Hart got his left hand to the ball but couldn't prevent it going in, leaving England with a mountain to climb. Picture: Nick Potts/PA
Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal in Nice. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
Try as they might, England could not find an equaliser, despite the second-half introduction of Leicester's Jamie Vardy. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) England's Gary Cahill (bottom) and England's Dele Alli show their dejection at the final whistle in Nice .... Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
...... while Iceland's players - understandably - celebrated with their fans on the pitch at the end of 90 minutes against England in Nice. Picture: Nick Potts/PA
England's Raheem Sterling (left) is brought down by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to concede a penalty. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
England's Wayne Rooney scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot to get Roy Hodgson's team off to the perfect start .... Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
... but England's joy soon turned to despair when Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson swiftly equalised. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA.
Matters got worse before the break when Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put his side ahead with a scuffed shot that somehow beat goalkeeper Joe Hart. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
.... Hart got his left hand to the ball but couldn't prevent it going in, leaving England with a mountain to climb. Picture: Nick Potts/PA
Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal in Nice. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
Try as they might, England could not find an equaliser, despite the second-half introduction of Leicester's Jamie Vardy. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) England's Gary Cahill (bottom) and England's Dele Alli show their dejection at the final whistle in Nice .... Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.
...... while Iceland's players - understandably - celebrated with their fans on the pitch at the end of 90 minutes against England in Nice. Picture: Nick Potts/PA