England fans are trying extremely hard to forget about Roy Hodgson’s reign in charge of the national team.
The 68-year-old failed to win a single knockout game in his three tournaments in charge, exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and suffering an embarrassing exit from Euro 2016.
Hodgson reached his nadir with the 2-1 loss to Iceland. There was simply no way he could continue as England boss following the result.
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Fans have speculated as to the true cause of the defeat. Surely something other than Hodgson’s tactics contributed to England’s loss to a country with a population the size of the city of Leicester.
FA chairman Greg Dyke thinks the players were scared. Vincent Kompany thinks the pressure was too much for some. Others cite a lack of motivation.
Whatever the cause, England fans are unlikely to be impressed with a report in the Mirror.
The paper claims that, instead of scouting Iceland in their last group game against Austria, Hodgson decided to go on a boat trip along the River Seine.
Dier was ill
The Mirror also claim that Hodgson was aware that Eric Dier had reported feeling ill before the match but still picked him in his starting line-up.
The Tottenham man complained of sickness and a temperature during the warm-up and was checked out by medics. Still, Hodgson didn’t think it was worth starting Jack Wilshere or Jordan Henderson in place of Dier.
Of course, the 22-year-old had a miserable first 45 minutes and was hauled off at half-time.
Good management, Roy.
As you might expect, England fans reacted furiously to the claims.
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