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Euro 2016: England ‘will get knocked out earlier than expected’

England will be knocked out of the European Championships in the quarter-finals, according to Bing, one round earlier than previously predicted.

Roy Hodgson’s team, who finished second in group B behind British rivals Wales, will beat Iceland in the next round, before losing to hosts France in the last eight, Microsoft‘s search engine has said.

Prior to the tournament, Bing predicted that England would top their group, which also included Russia and Slovakia, before knocking out Turkey and Portugal on their way to a semi-final match against Spain.

The Spanish team, who have won the past two European Championships, would beat England, before they themselves lost to Germany in the final, Bing previously stated.

However, Bing’s latest predictions see captain Wayne Rooney and his fellow players go home a round earlier.

England play Iceland – the smallest nation to ever qualify for the European Championships – on June 27, with the quarter-final taking place on July 3. Iceland secured their first victory at Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win over Austria that lifted them into second place in Group F ahead of Portugal. And it was all too much for this Icelandic commentator:

Bing also expects the tournament to end early for Wales. Despite the talents of midfielder Gareth Bale, the competition’s joint top scorer with three goals, the team will be knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

That defeat will come after Wales overcome their second local rivalry of the tournament by beating Northern Ireland in the next round on June 25. Wales lost 2-1 to England in the group stages.

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Bing still believes Germany will win Euro 2016, but will no longer face Spain in the final. The runners-up spot will go to Belgium, with Spain – who have won the past two European Championships – knocked out by Germany in the quarter-final.

Bing has previously been very accurate with its predictions, correctly announcing the outcome for all 15 knockout matches at the Brazilian World Cup in 2014. It has also successfully predicted winners of the Oscars and Cricket World Cup.

Where to watch England’s next match

England v Iceland – Monday, June 27 at 8pm. Stade de Nice, Nice. Live on ITV