Sunday 26 March 2017

Hodgson quits after England's greatest humiliation: Iceland produce fairytale victory

Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager shortly after the match ended Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager shortly after the match ended Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Roy Hodgson has resigned as England manager following England's humiliating elimination against Iceland, with Gareth Southgate and Gary Neville the leading contenders to replace him.

Having seen his team lose 2-1 to the Cinderella team of France 2016, the 68-year-old delivered a statement in a post-match press conference without taking questions about the result.

Flanked by his assistants, Neville and Ray Lewington, the former Liverpool, Inter and Fulham manager admitted he could not continue in the job after such an embarrassment.

"I'm extremely disappointed of course about tonight's result and ultimately our exit from the competition," Hodgson said. "We haven't progressed as far as I thought we were capable of, and that's obviously not acceptable.

"I'm actually proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved over our time at the helm of England.

"The transition from the squad, whose average age was 30, to now being the youngest in the tournament is both remarkable and exciting for the future of English football.

"I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business."

Hodgson is expected to speak to the media before England depart their Euro 2016 base today.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew are also likely to be considered as Hodgson's successor, but the FA will not restrict the search to an Englishman.

Irish Independent

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