UEFA Euro 2016 Round of 16
England vs Iceland (1-2)
Iceland advances into quarter-finals
Roy Hodgson told a media conference in Chantilly “I don’t really know what I am doing here.”
Earlier, the England team he led into the European Championship knockout stages suffered their worst humiliation since they were knocked out of the 1950 World Cup by USA in Brazil as Iceland stunned them with early goals to win 2-1.
Wayne Rooney converted a fourth-minute penalty for an early English lead but Iceland immediately equalized not more than a minute later with a trademark long throw which Ragnar Sigurdsson bundled home.
Then Iceland won the game as a defensive failure allowed Kolbeinn Sigthorsson a shot within the area, but it went into the net only thanks to another blunder by England keeper Joe Hart.
Changes were quickly made to enforce England’s attack, but Iceland dug in to keep them out. Even then, the nation, ranked 37th in the world and with just a population of 330,000, was able to create significant chances to end the game early.
It was a landmark win for the islanders, which they commemorated – led by their team captain Aron Gunnarsson – with their trademark clap-chant alongside their supporters.
Hodgson had previously announced his immediate resignation as England’s coach during the post-match conference after the match.
“I don’t really know what I am doing here. I thought my statement last night was sufficient,” he said.
“I’m no longer the England manager, my time has gone but I was told it was important that I appear here.”
Although his four years in managing yielded nothing but disastrous defeats in major tournaments, Hodgson said he appeared before the media because he did not want to give the impression that he was “frightened.” However, he added that he did so in reluctance.
“I was not forced to come here. I did so because I have never shirked a press conference, because I have never run away from anybody,” he said.
“So much is going to be written about our failure to get to the quarter-finals that nothing I can say would do anything other than fuel the flames, possibly.”
This much was true as the match approached its end; fans chanted out in hurt and despair to every English player in general “you’re not fit to wear the shirt!”