ROY HODGSON ENDS HIS FOUR-YEAR SPELL

The three lions were beaten 2-1 by Iceland and Roy Hodgson,  whose contract was due to run out this summer, confirmed his exit at a press conference shortly after the match without taking questions.

Wayne Rooney gave England the lead inside five minutes from the spot but they were not able to hold on for long, Iceland equalised minutes later and added the heartbreaking goal in the second half.

Roy Hodgson ends his four-year dral in charge of the country,  where he oversaw two european championships and a world cup.

He took over from Fabio Capello before Euro 2012, where England were beaten at the quarter final stage on penalties. In 2014 world cup,  Roy Hodgson failed to help England get out of their group after losing to Italy and Uruguay and drawing with Costa Rica.

England came from behind to beat world champions, Germqny earlier this year and with exciting talents within their ranks,  the country’s morale was high before this tournament but they finished second in their group and sent home by Iceland in the round of 16. 

The Football Association soon came out backing Roy Hodgson’s decision to step down as England manager.

Roy Hodgson’s full announcement.
“I’m extremely
disappointed, of course,
about tonight’s result and
ultimately our exit from the
competition.
“We haven’t progressed as
far as I thought we were
capable of, and that’s
obviously not acceptable.
“I am actually proud of the
work that my coaching staff
and I have achieved in our
time at the helm with
England.
“The transition from a
squad whose average 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
know that 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’ve been fantastic and
they have done everything
that has been asked of
them.
“When I arrived I was told
that players didn’t turn up
to play for their country or
that they pull out at the last
minute. But I have not seen
any of that.
“These players love to play
for their country and their
commitment has been
unquestioned.
“Ray and Gary have asked
me to speak on their behalf.
They arrived with me as part
of my coaching team and
they’ll leave with me.
“I’d like to thank them for
their dedicated support and
for the major part they’ve
played in our team
preparation.
“Finally I’d like to thank all
the support staff, players,
the FA and of course the
fans.
“It’s been a fantastic
journey these four years
and it’s one I’ll look back on
or remember with pride.
“Finally I’d like to thank
you, the media, for the
support that you’ve given me
over the four years.
“I am sorry it’s had to end
this way with another exit
from the tournament but
these things happen and all
I can do is wish everybody
all the very best and hope
that you will still be able to
see an England team in a
final of a major tournament
fairly soon.
“We’ve been unable to
deliver. Thank you very
much.”

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