By Andy Hyslop
- Rooney and Smalling start for England
- Iceland to face France in quarter-finals
- Hodgson resigns after defeat
England’s Euro 2016 campaign comes to an end with a whimper as suffered 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland. Iceland will now face France in the quarter-finals.
England manager Roy Hodgson made six changes once again as he reverted to the team that started against Russia and Wales. With Daniel Sturridge starting place of Liverpool team-mate Lallana.
England took the lead through a 4th minute penalty converted by Rooney. Rooney was winning his 115th cap for his country. Drawing him level with David Beckham as England’s most capped outfield player.
The penalty was awarded to England after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Iceland keeper Halldorsson after being played in by Sturridge.
That was as good as it got for Hodgson and England as within 14 minutes of falling behind, Iceland took the lead.
Iceland were level almost straight away as England failed to deal with a long throw. Rooney was beaten to the first ball and the flick on found Ragnar Sigurdsson who finished from close range.
On 18 minutes Iceland were ahead after a fine team move. After a string of passes Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot from the edge of the area somehow beat a diving Joe Hart.
Not for the first time in this tournament, Hart could have done better to keep the ball out of his net.
Error after error while in possession saw England failing to create any real openings to get back in the game.
The highpoint after the night for England came from the performance of Marcus Rashford. Rashford replaced Rooney on 86 minutes and ran at the Iceland defence whenever he got the opportunity during his short time on the pitch.
Where now for England?
Another major tournament has with England failing to make their mark. Winning only one of their four games at the tournament.
To win that game they needed a last minute winner from Sturridge against Wales. Finished second in a group that many would have expected them to win.
After this game, Hodgson resigned immediately. He leaves England with a 58% win ratio, winning 33 games of his 56 games in charge.
As for Roy’s replacement, where do the FA go now? Will they opt for an Englishman or look further afield again.