Roy Hodgson slammed for 'pre-planned' speech vs Iceland

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Roy Hodgson stepped down as England boss on Monday night following the national side's humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland. 

The Three Lions succumbed to a 2-1 loss and ultimately crashed out of Euro 2016 at the Round of 16. 

It was a truly disastrous performance from England, who had taken the lead inside three minutes thanks to a penalty from captain Wayne Rooney. 


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Unsurprisingly, then, Hodgson announced his resignation immediately after the shambolic contest. The experienced coach took to his press conference to read out the following statement: 

“I’m extremely disappointed of course about tonight’s result and, ultimately, our exit from the competition,” said Hodgson, as per The Guardian.

Hodgson speech 

“We haven’t progressed as far as I thought we were capable of, and that’s obviously not acceptable. I’m actually proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved over our time at the helm of England. The transition from the squad whose average age 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 I know 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 have been fantastic and have done everything that has been asked of them. When I arrived I was told players didn’t turn up to play for their country or that they pulled out at the last minute. I have not seen any of that. These players love to play for their country and their commitment has been unquestioned.”

It appeared to be a dignified exit from Hodgson, but there was one problem; did he have a pre-planned speech heading into the game against Iceland? It certainly seemed that way. 

Ultimately, little time had passed following the full-time whistle and the start of Hodgson's press conference. 

And, as you can imagine, fans on social media reacted in style. Here are the best tweets: 

FA statement 

The FA, meanwhile, backed Hodgson's decision to depart and revealed that they will discuss the 'next steps' in the immediate future. 

A spokesman for the FA said: “Like the nation, we are disappointed to lose this evening and that our run in Euro 2016 has come to a premature end. We had high hopes of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition and accept that we have not met our own expectations or those of the country. We back Roy Hodgson’s decision to step down as England manager and will discuss next steps imminently.”

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