The Times give every England player 0 rating after Iceland shambles

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How best to describe how bad England were against Iceland?

BBC broadcaster Danny Baker decided to go on an epic and expletive rant on Twitter, using the F-word no less than 14 times to make sure his feelings were made perfectly clear.

Some traveling England fans chose silence and decided to hang about in the Allianz Riviera, looking on at the empty pitch in complete despair.


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Hats off to both of them but the crown for the most original idea goes to whoever decides the player ratings for The Times. Having seen their team lose 2-1 to the international minnows, the English daily saw fit to give every player, including the impressive substitute Marcus Rashford, a zero.

Although obviously a joke, you can't help but notice how painfully accurate some of the short descriptions are. Every player on the pitch deserved at least a zero while goalkeeper Joe Hart will probably be feeling fortunate his rating didn't stray into the negatives.

Take a look at the full ratings below:

A poor tournament

After qualifying with a perfect record, England went into Euro 2016 with plenty of hope attached to their backs. However, when things got real, they appeared to be hopelessly inadequate.

They won just one of their four games at the tournament, finishing second in their group behind Wales. They managed to score just four goals – one from the penalty spot – and conceded four.

With Harry Kane taking wild free-kicks and England fans causing mayhem in city centres, the Three Lions became something of a laughing stock across Europe.

While a quarter-final tie against France would have been exciting for most to watch, it comes with some relief that this England team will not be subjected to the likes of Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.

Reaction around Europe

Indeed, L'Equipe have not held back in their morning report of the shock result.

"To put it simply, England suffered their biggest fiasco since the 1950 World Cup," Pierre-Etienne Minonzio wrote in L'Equipe, which celebrated Iceland's achievement on the front page.

He continued: "One moment summed up this terrible failure for the Three Lions. In the 88th minute, when they were pushing for an equaliser, they won a useful free-kick on the left flank. It was taken by Harry Kane, in the direction of his team-mates in the area, but the ball passed over everyone.

"That symbolised two failed gambles on Roy Hodgson's part: the decision to start Kane, who had been in the shadows this tournament, and that of giving him dead balls. The result, above all, belongs to the coach, a number of whose intuitions proved to be disastrous.

"It was as if Brexit syndrome had contaminated English football."

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