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England 1 - Iceland 2

By Mark Ogden

Published 28/06/2016

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

The race to become new England manager has already begun after Roy Hodgson resigned following the humiliating Euro 2016 elimination against Iceland, with Gareth Southgate and Gary Neville the leading contenders to replace the 68-year-old.

Southgate, the current Under-21 boss, and Neville, who also stepped down as assistant manager last night, are just two of the candidates.

Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers, who recently took over as Celtic manager, is also among the favourites for the job, with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and Sunderland supremo Sam Allardyce in the frame too.

Having seen his team lose 2-1 to the Cinderella side of France 2016 in Nice, Hodgson delivered a statement in a post-match press conference without taking questions.

Flanked by his assistants, Neville and Ray Lewington, the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Fulham boss admitted he could not continue in the job following such an embarrassing result.

"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.

"My contract was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players.

"They have been fantastic and have done everything that has been asked of them."

Hodgson confirmed that Neville and Lewington will follow him out of the job, although Neville may yet return as his successor. He added: "I'm sorry it's had to end this way with another exit from the tournament. These things happen."

The night had started so well for the Three Lions, with Raheem Sterling - whose inclusion was questioned after below-par performances at the tournament - winning a penalty after just three minutes after being felled by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

When Wayne Rooney converted to put England ahead, it seemed as though Hodgson's team were set for a quarter-final against hosts France.

But the reality was anything but. Hopeless defending, a lack of attacking intelligence and the latest example of Joe Hart's accelerated decline as an international-class goalkeeper saw England throw away their golden start to fall 2-1 behind before 20 minutes had elapsed.

Iceland were level within three minutes when England failed to deal with Aron Gunnarsson's long throw into the penalty area. Rooney was outjumped by Kari Arnason, whose flick-on left Ragnar Sigurdsson to equalise.

That was bad, but it was to get worse.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane both went close to restoring England's lead before Hart's calamitous error gifted Iceland a second on 19 minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson found space and fed the loosely marked Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, whose side-foot shot was hardly a thunderbolt, but still beat Hart.

England were simply abject as they chased the game, with Kane playing as though drained of all energy.

Hodgson knew the game was up long before the whistle, waiting until it was far too late for Marcus Rashford to make a difference. But England's Euro 2016 is over, their reputation is gone and so has Hodgson.

Belfast Telegraph

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