Hodgson leaves job on humiliating night for English soccer

Nice: England soccer coach Roy Hodgson's four-year reign came to an abrupt end after their shock 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland at the Euro 2016 round of 16 stage on Monday.

No one thought they stood a chance, but Iceland stuck to their guns and pulled off one of football's biggest shocks, dumping England out of Euro 2016 and forcing their manager Roy Hodgson to quit in disgrace.

"Now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players", Hodgson said.

Having progressed from Group F as runners-up to Hungary, Iceland clearly deserved to share the same stage as England, but there are times when the big teams begin to deliver and the business end of major tournaments is where the cream generally rises to the crop.

Hodgson and his players now face the lifetime stigma of their involvement in the darkest day in the history of English football.

Video posted on Twitter and elsewhere shows that the scene was a disparate one, with Iceland's teams and fans clapping their arms over their heads in unison - while roaring boos emanated from England's fans who clearly were displeased to be on the wrong side of a historic result.

Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson took advantage of defensive shortcomings by England to put Iceland ahead by the 18th minute, and the Icelanders defended superbly in the second half to earn the biggest victory in their history and a quarterfinal match against France in Saint-Denis.

In their debut appearance at a major tournament, Iceland can now look forward to a fairytale quarter-final against hosts France at the Stade de France on Sunday.

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.

"This was England's most humiliating night in worldwide football: far worse than the 1950 World Cup defeat to the United States of America in Belo Horizonte", Paul Hayward wrote in The Daily Telegraph. "I've got to hold my hands up to that and I apologise for ultimately costing us the game and the tournament", he said.

Neil Gorman, 31, from Essex, said: "We beat Germany with Kane and Vardy up front and Roy decided never to play them up front together again".

"I don't think an era has ended".

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.

"You get asked before the game about underestimating them and we gave honest answers that we wouldn't underestimate them; we respect them as a team and they work hard and are organised, " he said.

"We can't forget he's brought a lot of young payers through and I think the future is bright for England".

Rooney planted the penalty into the bottom-left corner to crown his 115th England appearance - which tied David Beckham's record for an outfield player - with a 53rd global goal. "But we also wanted and deserved this victory". "It'll be interesting to see who comes in". Trailing 2-1, he replaces James Milner with Theo Walcott, who hits the equaliser than sets up the victor for Danny Welbeck. "We know we are a better team".

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