Roy Hodgson Resigns after Iceland Humiliation
Roy Hodgson has resigned as England Soccer Boss after a 2-1 defeat by Iceland saw his team knocked out of the European Championship at the round of 16 stage on Monday.
“My contract was always going to be up after this tournament. I would have loved to have stayed on another two years, but now it is time for someone else to take over this group of players,” he told a news conference.
Iceland,with a population of 330,000 with no previous tournament experience was among the lowest -ranked teams in France at 34 in the world.
The 68-year-old had been in charge for four years before his side was humiliated by Iceland.
England started the finals with a 1-1 draw against Russia before beating Wales 2-1 and drawing 0-0 with Slovakia in their final Group B game – results that left them in second place and in a tougher half of the draw.
Hodgson faced heavy criticism following the Slovakia game for making six changes to the side that had beaten Wales.
Under Hodgson’s guidance, England had reached the quarter-finals of the last European Championship, losing to Italy on penalties, before a dismal showing at the 2014 World Cup where they went out at the group stages without winning a game.
Hodgson confirmed his assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville would also be leaving their posts.