How can England recover from such a shock defeat?

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After yet another shocking display at a summer tournament, where does this leave England and English football?

After a woeful performance against minnows Iceland, England fly home with their tails between their legs, with Roy Hodgson tasting yet another defeat in knockout football.

Immediately after the game, Hodgson resigned and left the fate of English national football in limbo.


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Many English fans felt before the tournament that a young, enthusiastic squad could lead the Three Lions to victory, but it wasn’t to be.

The usually reliable Harry Kane underperformed, Dele Alli went missing in the middle of the park, Daniel Sturridge failed to get involved when included and Jack Wilshere failed to dictate play like we all know he can.

So what now?

There will always be questions and finger pointing, but England's lack of confidence and quality to perform on the biggest stage was the reason for their early elimination.

Joe Hart has said that they should blame him for the defeat in the last-16, but there is a number of reasons for the defeat, which has left the nation questioning where to go from here.

England need to be more ruthless in front of goal and more clinical in attacking positions. Time and time again the Three Lions got into good positions, but failed to make them count.

Adam Lallana was guilty of missing several good chances during the Russia and Slovakia games, but the truth is, he wasn't the only one.

Only scoring four goals against the likes of Russia, Wales, Slovakia, and Iceland simply isn't good enough, and that shows the lack of quality and confidence the side has in the final third.

Then you turn your attentions to the defence. The two goals that were conceded against Iceland were down to the lack of concentration by the defenders who were still celebrating Wayne Rooney’s goal a minute beforehand.

Hart's goalkeeping ability is obvious, but his mistake against Iceland was extremely costly, and it could even be said he should have dealt better with Russia's looping header and Gareth Bale's free-kick.

Questions now have to be asked about England's ability to perform on the big stages. It would be a safe bet to assume Hodgson's side would have beaten the likes of Russia, Slovakia and Iceland had it been a qualifying game.

However, as soon as they turn up at big tournaments, key players go missing, and they struggle to perform against sides that they should easily be beating.

Just look back at the 2010 World Cup when they only managed two draws against the likes of USA and Algeria.

Failing to perform at big tournaments is a real issue for England, and it's something that needs to be addressed ahead of the new era.

Hodgson's resignation was no surprise, as it was reported that he would lose his job if England didn’t make it to the semi-finals. There will now be plenty of speculation regarding who will take over from Hodgson, and what type of manager the FA will want to hopefully lead England to the World Cup in 2018.

England will already be looking ahead to the World Cup and the new generation of stars that will hopefully perform better than the lacklustre footballers who let down the whole country in France.

The team landed in England today and will have to face questions on their performance and how this result against such a poor team can never be repeated.

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