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Roy Hodgson quits after Iceland dump England out of Euro 2016 with 2-1 last 16 win

England 1-2 Iceland

Published 27/06/2016

Iceland supporters celebrate their team's 2-1 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Iceland supporters celebrate their team's 2-1 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and team mates celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. Iceland won the match 1-2. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and team mates celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. Iceland won the match 1-2. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and team mates celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. Iceland won the match 1-2. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and team mates celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. Iceland won the match 1-2. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson (centre) leads the Iceland celebrations on the pitch after the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #543367594 with alternate crop.) Iceland players celebrate while England players show dejection after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A young England fans reacts after England lost 2-1 to Iceland in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gary Cahill of England shows his dejection after his team's 1-2 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland supporters celebrate their team's 2-1 win in the EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney shows his frustration on the bench after being replaced during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Harry Kane of England takes a free kick during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (L) celebrates after scoring Iceland's second goal during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (L) vies for the ball against England's defender Danny Rose during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Daniel Sturridge of England and Ari Skulason of Iceland compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
England's midfielder Raheem Sterling plays the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson (L) eyes the ball with England's midfielder Dele Alli during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson (L) grabs the ball from England's midfielder Dele Alli during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (L) vies for the ball against England's midfielder Jack Wilshere during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jamie Vardy of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney of England shows his frustration on the bench after being replaced during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jack Wilshire of England stands on the touchline during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Iceland fans cheer during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland fans cheer during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland fans cheer during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson reacts during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland fans cheer during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
(LtoR) England's forward Wayne Rooney and Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson kicks the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson throws the ball in during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Harry Kane of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Iceland's forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and England's defender Chris Smalling (top) vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland supporters in the stands during the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Harry Kane of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson of Iceland and Chris Smalling of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England's defender Chris Smalling (L) vies for the ball against Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
(LtoR) England's forward Wayne Rooney and Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson (L) and England's forward Jamie Vardy vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Harry Kane (C) of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Aron Gunnarsson of Iceland and Jack Wilshire of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Daniel Sturridge of England and Ari Skulason of Iceland compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson (L) and England's forward Jamie Vardy vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (L) vies for the ball against England's defender Chris Smalling during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
(LtoR) Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and England's defender Chris Smalling vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
England manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected on the touchline during the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's midfielder Jack Wilshere (R) and Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's defender Ari Skulason (L) vies for the ball against England's defender Kyle Walker during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
England manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected on the touchline during the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's midfielder Raheem (L) Sterling reacts during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jamie Vardy of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Harry Kane of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
(LtoR) England's midfielder Dele Alli and Iceland's defender Kari Arnason vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's defender Ari Skulason (R) and England's forward Daniel Sturridge vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
England's defender Chris Smalling (R) and Iceland's forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Dele Alli (C) of England competes for the ball against Aron Gunnarsson (L) and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (R) of Iceland during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Iceland's midfielder Birkir Bjarnason (L) and England's defender Kyle Walker vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney of England shakes hands with Roy Hodgson manager of England after being replaced during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gudmundur Hreidarsson looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
England manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected on the touchline during the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gudmundur Hreidarsson Iceland coach looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gudmundur Hreidarsson Iceland coach looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
England's forward Jamie Vardy (top) and Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
England's forward Jamie Vardy (top) and Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
England manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected on the touchline during the Round of 16 match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's defender Kyle Walker (C) and Iceland's midfielder Birkir Bjarnason (R) vie for the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Slovenian referee Damir Skomina gives a yelow card against Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (R) as Iceland's defender Kari Arnason (C) looks on during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson reacts during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland's forward Johann Berg Gudmundsson plays the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Iceland and Harry Kane of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
England's coach Roy Hodgson reacts during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Roy Hodgson has quit England after his side were on the wrong end of an historic Icelandic fairytale in Nice, bundled out of Euro 2016 in meek humiliation in the first knockout stage.

Having arrived at Euro 2016 among the favourites, falling at the last-16 hurdle to a country the size of Leicester ranks alongside the 1950 World Cup exit to the United States in the embarrassment stakes.

It was a result few could argue with after a cumbersome, uninspiring and ragged England display at the Stade de Nice, where Iceland secured a deserved 2-1 win thanks to a ruthlessness the Three Lions could only dream of.

Speaking to the press after the result England boss Roy Hodgson said it was time for someone new to take charge.

Wayne Rooney's penalty gave England a dream start after four minutes, but from that point they were largely outfought, outbattled and outplayed.

Ragnar Sigurdsson all too easily lost Kyle Walker from Aron Gunnarsson's mammoth throw to level within two minutes and things got worse when a Kolbeinn Sigthorsson effort trickled home after Joe Hart's pathetic attempt at a save.

Wayward finishing, stern defending and poor passing meant England were unable to find a response as Iceland deservedly set up a remarkable quarter-final with hosts France.

As for England, bowing out to Iceland will leave a hangover that will prove hard to shake, with fans chanting, "You're not fit to wear the shirt" at the final whistle.

Few could have foreseen such an ending given the way England flew out of the blocks, with Daniel Sturridge's strike after 92 seconds followed up by a goal inside four minutes.

The Liverpool frontman's fine ball over the top found the much-maligned Raheem Sterling, whose pace flummoxed Hannes Halldorsson and led to a penalty.

Referee Damir Skomina had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Rooney struck home confidently, firing low to the Iceland goalkeeper's right - a dream start that lasted mere minutes.

The enormous throw of captain Gunnarsson may have been highlighted by Hodgson but caught his side out, with Kari Arnason's flicked header allowing the unmarked Ragnar Sigurdsson to direct home.

Walker, so impressive in the group stage, was horribly caught out by the centre-back, who turned home to send those in blue wild.

Dele Alli came close with an exceptional strike as England looked to strike back, with Harry Kane next to try his luck before being caught by another preventable blow.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson turned a Gylfi Sigurdsson pass into the path of Sigthorsson, whose touch gave him enough space to get away a right-footed shot that Hart somehow failed to turn around the post.

Those in white watched on in stunned silence as the ball trickled over the line, with the limp-wristed attempt at a save leading to as much shock as anger.

It threw England off-kilter and it took several minutes to regain an iota of composure, with Halldorsson tipping over Kane's superb volley when they next attacked.

Rooney tried his luck from distance after Ari Skulason went close with an audacious left-footed strike at the other end as those on the pitch reflected the tension in the stand.

Chris Smalling's header went wide and a Sturridge cross-shot threatened before the half-time whistle, which England greeted with hearty and deserved boos.

Jack Wilshere, surprisingly, replaced Eric Dier when the teams re-emerged as Hodgson looked to find an equaliser, with a powerful Kane header easily stopped soon after the restart.

Another poorly defended set-piece nearly saw Iceland pull further ahead 10 minutes into the second half, though, with Hart fortunate that Ragnar Sigurdsson's close-range overhead was straight at him.

However, there were few signs of life from England as Alli and Wilshere failed from distance in-between the introduction of Jamie Vardy.

The Leicester striker was denied an early effort on goal by Ragnar Sigurdsson's wonderful tracking back, with Rooney jeered when over hitting a cross from the resulting corner.

Birkir Saevarsson's threatening drive and skipper Gunnarsson's near-post drive threatened to make things worse as England left themselves exposed at the back, with Arnason heading wide from a corner.

The inability of Hodgson's men to break through Iceland's well-drilled side led to the gamble of Marcus Rashford being brought on.

Arnason got back well to clear in stoppage time but it was too little, too late. England were out and deservedly so - the most crushing and embarrassing circumstances.

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