What next for England following Euros embarrassment?

England football fans have come to expect their team's failures at major tournaments.

But there's no way they could be prepared for what happened Monday night in France.

England crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 loss to minnows Iceland after which manager Roy Hodgson resigned.

The defeat is being called a national sporting embarrassment and fingers are being pointed all over the country.

They're also being pointed in the dressing room.

"As a group it’s down to us,” goalkeeper Joe Hart said.

“All the plans are put in place – we knew everything about them that we needed to.

“Ultimately we didn’t perform.”

England led after four minutes through Wayne Rooney's penalty but defensive gaffes led to both Iceland goals.

England never looked to have any answers and plenty of criticism afterwards was aimed at Hodgson, who couldn't settle on which formation or players to use in France.

"It was tactically inept," former England captain Alan Shearer said on the BBC.

"It looked to me like Roy was making it up as he was going along."

With qualifying for the 2018 World Cup beginning in September who succeeds Hodgson is the first of many questions needing answers.

Gareth Southgate, the England Under-21s manager, is the bookmakers' early favourite, ahead of ex-England boss Glen Hoddle and current Premier League managers Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew.

“There's not a person out there who would say no,” former defender Rio Ferdinand said on the BBC.

“Anyone worth their weight in gold who's got a bit of confidence will accept the challenge of going with the England team because you couldn't do any worse than what people previously have done.”

Hodgson opted for youth at this tournament, selecting England's youngest squad for 58 years, by bringing in the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and 18-year-old Marcus Rashford.

England had only four players at least 30 years of age but two of them became storylines.

Hart twice gave up soft goals and captain Rooney looked pedestrian at times after being switched to midfielder, raising questions about the futures of both.

Rooney, England's career goalscorer, has no intention of hanging up his international boots.

"I’ve said many times I enjoy and am proud to play for England and am interested to see who the next manager is and if selected then I’ll certainly be there,” he said after the match.

Shearer, who expressed interest in succeeding Hodgson, thinks one of the problems facing the national team lies at home. 

“We are blinded by the Premier League,” he said. “We think it's the best in the world for talent. It's not.

“We are totally reliant on foreign players and managers for excitement.

“We are not as good as we think we are."

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 14:57


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