What next for England and Roy Hodgson

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Thousands upon thousands of words have been, and will continue to be said about England's somewhat embarrassing Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, so I'll keep mine brief...

England were just awful. There was no passion from the players, no drive, no visible desire to win, which is an unforgivable trait in players who represent such an expectant country.

Time to reflect

The failure was summed-up best by the 86th minute introduction of Marcus Rashford. Aged just 18 years old, Rashford is England's youngest ever player at a European Championship.


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It's embarrassing in itself that, with players such as Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy in the squad, that Hodgson has to turn to an 18-year-old to change the game.

This was made to look even worse when, during his brief 7 minute cameo, Rashford looked much brighter and sharper than any other player with three lions on his chest.

England crashed out of Euro 2016, losing 2-1 to the competition's lowest-ranked team, who, to their credit, were excellent on the night.

Now, the future of English football is very uncertain...

A new beginning

First of all, changed are needed in management, Hodgson immediately resigned as the England manager following the defeat to Iceland.

Hodgson was expected to lose his job after the disappointing showing of the team at the World Cup in Brazil, and was lucky to keep it then. 

In terms of who should take his place, however, nothing is yet apparent although numerous names will fly around on social media and in the tabloids, but the best advice would be to try to ignore such speculation.

From a personal view, I would like to see someone younger and more exciting get the post.

There are a few young up-and-coming British managers, and it would be a nice change of pace to see someone like Sean Dyche or Eddie Howe offered the role.

In terms of the team, I thought that Hodgson had the right idea during the qualifying campaign, when he dropped several older players in favour of some younger talent.

It reinvigorated the squad, and made the team more exciting. England's 100% winning record during qualification showed that it worked.

But then, for some reason, Roy changed tactics as the championships drew nearer and He seemed to make his old mistakes of selecting players who have never really impressed while wearing their national colours.

Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson are prime examples. with many fans thinking the fact that Henderson made the squad ahead of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater was an abomination.

This time, I don't think a radical overhaul is needed.

If these championships have highlighted anything, it's that England's main problem is that they don't have a set first team.

I think that to go on from here, Hodgson's successor should immediately have one or two set formations, with a set first team, so that they can bring some much needed stability to the team.

Bottom line, England's showing in major tournaments needs to improve, and quickly.

Greg Dyke and the FA have a massive decision to make as to who will lead the Three Lions forward, but one thing is for certain; any more showings like this in major tournaments, and the public will become more and more disillusioned with the national team.

One thing is for sure. The next 2 years will be huge for English football.

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