EURO2016 : Roy Hodgson resigns after Euro 2016 loss
ROY Hodgson resigned as England manager following his side’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland in the Euro 2016 last 16 on Monday.
Roy Hodgson resigned as manager of England after a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in a press conference shortly after the match.
England had qualified for the Euro 2016 tournament with ease, but despite taking an early lead through a Wayne Rooney penalty, managed to lose 2-1 to Iceland.
It was a conspicuously poor performance from a team who have once again struggled in the spotlight
Speaking to the press, Hodgson said “Now is the time” for a new manager to coach the national side.
He praised his players, saying.
“When I arrived, I was told players didn’t turn up for their country. These players loved to play for their country and their commitment was unquestionable.
“I’d like to thank them for their dedicated support
Hodgson’s contract was due to expire after the tournament and following the match in Nice, he read a pre-prepared statement at his post-match press conference in which he said that he would not be seeking to continue.
“I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business,” said the 68-year-old, who succeeded Fabio Capello as manager in 2012.
“My contract was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players
“It has been a fantastic journey. It’s one I will look back on with pride.
“I’m sorry it’s had to end this way.”