Euro 2016: Roy Hodgson resigns after England lose to Iceland

Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Iceland saw them knocked out of Euro 2016.

The 68-year-old had been in charge for four years after replacing Italian Fabio Capello but has won just three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

Iceland – with a population of just 330,000 – were among the lowest-ranked teams in France at 34 in the world.

“I’m sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen,” Hodgson said.

“I hope you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament soon.

“Now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of a hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have done fantastically, and done everything asked of them.”

Hodgson, who won 33 of his 56 games in charge, would have been out of contract at the end of the tournament and was set to have talks over having it renewed.


FA chairman Greg Dyke had stated he would only stay on if England “do well” in France, indicating that meant at least reaching the quarter-finals – but they needed to beat Iceland to do that.

In a statement issued following Hodgson’s resignation, the FA said: “Like the nation, we are disappointed to lose this evening and that our run in Euro 2016 has come to a premature end.

“We had high hopes of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition and accept that we have not met our own expectations or those of the country.

“We back Roy Hodgson’s decision to step down as England manager and will discuss next steps imminently.”

England qualified for Euro 2016 with a 100% record in their group. They 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.

Speaking to reporters following Monday’s last-16 defeat in Nice, Hodgson confirmed his assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville would also be leaving their posts.

‘The worst performance I’ve ever seen’


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Euro 2016: The pundits have their say on England’s exit from the tournament

BBC Match of the Day pundit and former England international Alan Shearer – who revealed he went for the England job before Hodgson was appointed – said of the Iceland defeat: “That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen from an England team. Ever. We were outfought, outthought, outbattled and totally hopeless for 90 minutes.

“It looked to me like Roy was making it up as he was going along. Tactically inept. We had players in the squad who didn’t deserve to be there. Harry Kane on corners, the list is endless.

“Our players caved tonight. We’ve all played under pressure – they caved and the manager caved.”

Fellow BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas added: “The one thing that stood out is that I don’t think Roy knew what he was doing. He didn’t know his best team or system. His loyalty to players has cost him his job. It was a horrible way to go out of the tournament.”

But England goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “The next manager has a tough job on his hands. We worked hard but with no success. That is how this team will be remembered.”

England captain Wayne Rooney added: “It’s a sad day for us. It’s tough. There are always upsets in football. It’s not tactics. It’s just unfortunate. We know we’re a good team. I can’t stand here and say exactly why it’s happened.

“Roy Hodgson will look back and think what he could have done differently.

“I’m still available to play. It’ll be interesting to see who comes


How does Hodgson compare?

England managers records
Manager England career Played Won Win %
Fabio Capello 2008-12 42 28 66.7%
Alf Ramsey 1963-74 113 69 61.1%
Glenn Hoddle 1996-99 28 17 60.7%
Ron Greenwood 1977-82 55 33 60%
Sven-Goran Eriksson 2001-06 67 40 59.7%
Roy Hodgson 2012-16 56 33 58.9%
Walter Winterbottom 1946-62 139 78 56.1%

Who’s next for England?

The latest bookmakers’ odds have England Under-21 boss and former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate as favourite to succeed Hodgson.

Odds are also being offered on Neville and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew (10/1); Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers (16/1); Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (28/1) and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho (33/1).

Hodgson highs and lows

After a playing career that saw him represent Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park, Hodgson began life in management with Halmstads in Sweden at the age of only 28, where he won two league championships.

He took over at Bristol City in 1980, but was dismissed after just four months in charge, before returning to Sweden where he won five successive titles with Malmo.

Hodgson took over as Switzerland manager and led them to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup finals and Euro 96 in England.

There followed unsuccessful spells back in club football in charge of Inter Milan and Blackburn, before he took charge of the United Arab Emirates – but was sacked after finishing fifth in the Gulf Cup. He also managed Finland, but quit after failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

In 2007 he was appointed manager of Fulham and took them to their highest ever top-flight finish of seventh, followed by a remarkable run to the Uefa Cup final, where the London side were beaten by Atletico Madrid. He then moved to Liverpool in July 2010, but left just seven months into a three-year contract.

In February 2011 he took over at West Brom and guided them clear of relegation. The following April the West Midlands club gave the FA permission to speak to him about the vacant England manager position.

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