England exit the Euro 2016 Championships in what can only be describes as an abysmal performance against minnows of the tournament, Iceland.
England 1 – Iceland 2
Iceland, the smallest team in the tournament, and now giant killers, turned up the heat and put pre-match favourites England on ice with a detailed game both in attach and defence.
After only 3 minutes and with England piling on the pressure, Goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson comes too far out the box and concedes a penalty. Wayne Rooney' takes it and nets his 53rd goal for England putting them into the lead early on in the game, silencing the Icelandic fans.
However it only took a further two minutes for Ragnar Sigurdsson to equalise from a throw-in set piece, opening up the game and making the English defence show its first signs of weakness. Hodgson raging on the sidelines as the Iceland fans burst back and raise the decibels.
It was the 18th minute that saw the third and last goal of this thriller as Kilbeinn Sigthorsson taps a low shot past Hart who gets a hand to the ball but fails to keep it out. Again the England defence showing holes and the Icelandic players are keen to capitalise.
From there on in, both teams had chances to score with opportunities missed at both ends of the pitch but in the end the Icelandic defending kept out any hint, and there weren't many, of an England breakthrough.
The last few minutes were nail biting as England pushed as hard as they could with a technically inept team, lacking experience, to try and clamber another goal but it wasn't to be. With some English fans chanting, “you're not fit to wear the shirt,” it's clear what they thought of their teams lack of footballing skills on the pitch tonight.
A terrible English football performance against an Icelandic team who are living the dream and it's Iceland against France in the quarter-finals. Congratulations to Iceland.
Shortly after the match Hodgson, gave a statement to the waiting media acknowledging the English teams poor performance in France and knowing that he was in line for a sacking, fell onto his sword and resigned as Manager of England after 4 years.
As part of his resignation speech and after thanking the coaching team, players and fans, Hodgson said, “I am sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen. I hope you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament soon.”