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Iceland coach Hallgrimsson resigns after 7 years in charge

Iceland coach Hallgrimsson resigns after 7 years in charge

- Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrisson steps down as national technical adviser

- The 51-year-old led Iceland to Euro 2016 and the Russia 2018 World Cup

- The high point of his career was a win over England and draw with Argentina

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrisson has stepped down after seven years in charge of the national team.

Hallgrisson guided his country to their first World Cup appearance and he was at the dugout during Iceland's Euro 2016 win over England.

After Iceland finished bottom of Group D, the FA confirmed his departure on Twitter.

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It read: "The FA of Iceland can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men's national team.

"Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach at his own request after 7 seven years in the job, having joined in 2011."

Despite losing two out of their three matches at the World Cup to Nigeria and Croatia, Hallgrimsson's men managed an impressive 1-1 draw with Argentina.

The 51-year-old achieved legendary status in Iceland when he guided his team to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

His team drew against Portugal and Hungary before beating Austria to qualify for the last 16 of the Euro Championships.

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The underdogs were knocked out in the quarter-finals after a 5-2 defeat to France but recorded a famous victory over England.

He took over the Scandinavian side in 2011 alongside Lars Lagerback, where they started their careers as joint managers.

The part-time dentist, who works in his local town of Vedstmannaeyjay, is so respected that he even has a beer named after him in Iceland.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Iceland lost their last match in Group D to Croatia by 2-1.

Milan Badelj scored for the Croats in the 53rd minute while captain Aron Gunnarsson leveled matters in the 72nd minute.

Right at the dearth Croatia scored the winner through Inter Milan attacker Ivan Perisic as Croatia were home and dry to lead the group.

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