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Hand of cod: Roy Hodgson quits on England's night of shame as Iceland put Three Lions to the sword

By Jim gracey

Once proud English football, for decades hypnotised by the fading memory of 1966 World Cup glory, is today reeling, ironically, from its greatest humiliation in 66 years.

England's tame 2-1 exit from Euro 2016 last night to little Iceland cost manager Roy Hodgson his job as he resigned immediately after defeat in Nice.

But of more concern to his FA employers will be who they turn to in order to restore England's battered reputation after, arguably, the worst tournament result in their history.

An infamous 1950 World Cup finals defeat by the fledging footballers of the USA, 1-0 at Belo Horizonte in Brazil, has now been surpassed by a capitulation to the smallest nation to ever grace a major tournament, with Iceland's population just 300,000.

And, unlike 1950, this is an England side of multi-million pound players from 1 to 11.

Expect now weeks and months of recrimination and soul-searching to match the Brexit aftermath debate with Northern Ireland's Brendan Rodgers, newly installed at Celtic, among the names in the frame to follow Hodgson and England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate the immediate bookies' favourite.

Dejected captain Wayne Rooney, at 30, could also follow the Germany 2006 example of his predecessor, David Beckham, by retiring from international football.

Rooney's fourth-minute penalty proved a false dawn as Ragnar Sigurdsson (left) and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson capitalised on errors to secure Iceland a well-deserved 2-1 victory.


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