England fans fight in Paris fan zone after Iceland defeat

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The fallout from England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016 spilled out onto the streets of Paris.

Footage shows England supporters fighting in a Paris fan zone after the national team crashed out of the tournament, losing 2-1 to Iceland in a night that sets English football back a long way.

Furious fans pushed and shoved each other as stewards attempted to cool the madness. It’s unclear what fuelled the violence but one suspects the result had something to do with it.


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Supporters spent the first weeks of the tournament fighting with Russian hooligans but last night, they turned on each other.

A woman’s screams are audible even in the noisy melee caused by men draped in England gear.

England fans clash in Paris

Hodgson's exit

Goals from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Ragnar Sigurdsson condemned the Three Lions to a shock defeat that led to Roy Hodgson’s resignation.

Gary Neville and Ray Lewington also left the coaching staff following England’s second disastrous exit from a major tournament in three years.

It leaves the FA planning another shake-up of the national team, with Gareth Southgate, Alan Pardew and Glenn Hoddle among those rumoured to replace Hodgson.

Barton's criticism

Joey Barton was one of many to offer a scathing assessment of England’s efforts in France.

The Rangers midfielder believes Hodgson was the biggest problem but also slammed the FA for rushing to give coaching jobs to ex-players, like Neville.

"There have been so many problems with this side, but the biggest was the manager," he wrote in L'Equipe, per the Mirror.

"He has now stepped down, as he should have after the World Cup. There were errors, especially that of Joe Hart, but Hodgson must take responsibility.

“England is also paying for a cultural problem. Hart, for example, appears at half-time in adverts for shampoo. How does that help you win?

"In England, people only think about earning money, not winning matches. That would not happen if there was a real winning culture.

"The FA wants to give the national team to English coaches, but they're poor. They're often ex-players who become coaches too quickly. Being a good player and being a good coach are two different things.

"Gary Neville has been named among the potential successors to Hodgson, but why? I was completely rubbish at Valencia. It's too much for me."


Just like with the national setup, there is likely to be an inquest into the behaviour of fans at Euro 2016.

From the opening game draw against Russia up until last night’s game, many made headlines for the all the wrong reasons in a tournament that reflected poorly on the country for all wrong reasons.

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