Former England players back Roy Hodgson's decision to resign as manager

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Former England internationals Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Peter Crouch believe Roy Hodgson's decision to resign as manager was the right one after their elimination by Iceland from Euro 2016.

They criticised England's "abject" performance in the disappointing and shock 2-1 defeat that came after Wayne Rooney's penalty gave them a fourth-minute lead.

Wright also endorsed Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate as a potential successor.

"He's done the right thing," Dixon told ITV. "From his point of view, but also the team's point of view. He couldn't have taken the team any further.

"He's a lovely guy, honourable.

"(But) from a coaching point of view, there were glaring errors there from the set-pieces, etc, which weren't taken care of.

"It was just abject. There was no organisation, there was no speed, the organisation of letting a goal in from a throw-in: there was little attention to detail."

Wright added: "It was an abject performance from the boys, but the preparation in what Iceland do was pretty obvious. We were found wanting in that respect.

"(Hodgson) said 'They've been fantastic', which is a nice thing to say, but they've not been fantastic.

"I'd go with Gareth Southgate, what he's done for the England Under-21s.

"We've done the foreign manager (route), and as good as they've been in previous jobs, they've done nothing for us."

Crouch, who refused to be on standby for Hodgson at Euro 2012, said: "These are good young players. With him resigning, it takes the pressure off the players a little bit.

"Hopefully people will start talking about him leaving rather than the performance, and I think that's why he came in and did it so early.

"I don't think there's a fundamental fault (with English players), I think it boils down to pressure."

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