Roy Hodgson looked completely drained in his final press conference as England manager on Tuesday.
But was it just the shock of Monday night’s 2-1 defeat to Iceland and a sleepless night that left him looking as white as a ghost?
No doubt both played their part, although it turns out the 68-year-old was also drowning his sorrows - along with his humiliated players - at the AC Hotel in Nice in the hours after the team’s shock exit from Euro 2016.
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This is according to The Sun, who claim Hodgson and the England players held a “boozy inquest” at the team hotel until 6am on Tuesday.
The group reportedly drank through the night on the rooftop terrace after the Football Association granted them permission to “let off some steam” following one of the most embarrassing defeats in the national team’s history.
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The players are understood to have discussed their frustrations at how the team performed in their Euro 2016 last-16 tie. It was their final chance to spend time together as a group before returning to the UK.
England players have been heavily criticised
England’s Euro 2016 flops have been heavily criticised by fans, pundits and former professionals alike.
Much was expected of this group of talented players but, ultimately, they failed to produce the goods when it mattered most.
Hodgson subsequently resigned from his post less than an hour after the full-time whistle; that his statement appeared to have been pre-prepared led to even more criticism, as did his refusal to take questions.
Hodgson's final press conference
After a fair amount of persuasion from his (former) bosses at the FA, Hodgson was convinced to face the media’s questions in Chantilly on Tuesday.
His opening gambit won’t be forgotten in a hurry: “I don’t really know what I am doing here.
“I thought my statement last night was sufficient,” he added, per the Guardian. “I’m no longer the England manager, my time has gone but I was told it was important that I appear here.
“I guess that is partly because people are smarting from the defeat last night that saw us leave the tournament. I suppose someone has to stand and take the slings and arrows that come with it.
“My emotions are obvious ones. I am really disappointed. I didn’t see the defeat coming. Nothing in the first three games here gave me any indication that we would play as poorly as we did.
“Unfortunately, they are one-off events. If at one of those one-off events you don’t turn up, even an opponent that is not entirely fancied like Iceland can beat you. That is what happened.”
And it’s the moment, unfortunately, that Roy Hodgson’s 40-year managerial career will be most remembered for.
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