Ian Wright makes brilliant Space Jam reference after England lose to Iceland

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England’s stars woke up to a barrage of criticism following their exit from Euro 2016.

Social media was awash with negative comments, BBC broadcaster Danny Baker calling Wayne Rooney and co. a “disgrace to working people”.

But as supporters come to terms with the fact that England genuinely lost to a team who shares the same population size as Leicester City, we ask ourselves how this happened.


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How did 11 players who play in the richest league in football lose to a country which, as Gary Lineker pointed out, has more volcanoes than professional players?

It wasn’t even as if Iceland were hanging on for dear life, either. They had five shots on target - as many as their opponents - and had chances in the second half to extend their lead.

They deserved to win, just like England’s players deserve to be back home.

Ian Wright has an explanation for what happened to the England team that raised hopes with a 3-2 win over Germany in March.

And it’s an absolute doozy.

“I just can’t stop thinking about the film Space Jam,” he told millions of viewers on ITV.

“It’s like the Monstars nicked their talent or something.

“It’s literally unexplainable what happened to the lads in the second half. It’s just devastating for me, I can’t believe it.”

Full marks for Wright for creativity and bringing up one of the best sports movies of all time. Although one has to wonder whether there was any talent to actually steal in the first place.

In the classic 1997 film, Michael Jordan comes to the Tune Squad’s rescue. Unfortunately for Hodgson, he didn’t possess a player of Jordan’s clutch ability in Nice.

Fans react to Wright's comments

Wenger for England?

Gareth Southgate is the early favourite to replace the departing manager and it’s an appointment that Wright would be satisfied with.

Rather oddly, Arsene Wenger’s name was thrown in the mix by ITV’s pundits but Wright quickly closed the lid on that rumour.

“I wouldn’t want him [Wenger] as England manager,” the former Arsenal striker said.

“I'd go with Gareth Southgate with what he's doing with the England Under-21s and go that way. We've done the foreign manager and as good as they've been in the previous jobs they've done they haven't done anything for us.

"And as much as Arsene Wenger's been unbelievable for Arsenal I'd rather it be someone like Gareth Southgate.

"He's done his bit with the Under-21s and he's done it pretty well."

There was no choice for Hodgson but to resign following last night’s 2-1 defeat.

The impressiveness of the 10-win qualifying campaign he oversaw was devalued in France, as the Three Lions managed two uninspiring draws to go with the defeat to Iceland.

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