Roy Hodgson & England deserve every ounce of criticism they get

The world of football was sent reeling into chaos on Monday evening as Euro 2016 minnows Iceland unceremoniously dumped England out of tournament, marking yet another disastrous campaign for Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff. Upsets in football happen more regularly than you might think, but few could argue that Iceland did not deserve their victory. Despite being awarded and converting a penalty just four minutes into the tie – England fell off the side of a cliff. What was about to unravel – starting just 70 seconds later – will forever be remembered in European Championship history.

Goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson & Kolbeinn Sigthorsson helped Iceland into a 2-1 lead that they never looked like giving up. Make no mistake, Iceland deserved to progress. Even as the game entered the latter stages, the underdogs were passing the ball the right way, looking to venture forward and score a third. They weren’t daunted by the supposed ‘plethora of talent’ that Hodgson fired at them. They outworked, out-passed, out-classed England in every department. However, they didn’t execute anything different from what they had deployed all through qualifying, making defeat for one of the tournament favourites even more shameful.

While the manner of England’s exit may surprise somewhat – the writing was on the wall early on. Worryingly, the man down the pub could see what was wrong with the whole setup. Hodgson had no plan, no tactics to deploy, no core of a squad that could progress through the finals. In fact, it’s utterly bizarre that he was allowed so much time in the job given his failures in management before taking the gig, and during it – most notably England’s pitiful 2014 World Cup campaign where they failed to even progress from Continue reading Roy Hodgson & England deserve every ounce of criticism they get