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England vs Iceland a few quick thoughts

  • Actually this one could be quite a few thoughts
  • The most embarrassing England display that I have witnessed in my 32 years of being alive
  • A result that saw Roy Hodgson’s position untenable once the final whistle had blown
  • Did he do the honourable thing in stepping down straight after the game, perhaps
  • But it’s a situation we should never ever have found ourselves in
  • It’s as almost as if they turned up expecting to win and how it backfired
  • But it started so well didn’t it
  • Within three minutes Raheem Sterling who was recalled to the starting eleven had won a Penalty
  • Wayne Rooney duly stepped up and put England ahead
  • The perfect start
  • But that perfect start was undone just a minute later
  • Iceland’s not so secret weapon of a long throw was utilised once again and this time to great effect
  • Wayne Rooney failed to win the first header
  • Which saw the ball then spill into the box, Kyle Walker was well out of position and had crucially lost his man
  • This allowed Ragnar Sigurdsson to head unmarked into the England net and restore parity within a minute
  • England were shellshocked
  • They then went in search of a goal to put them ahead once more
  • Dele Alli’s volley flying just inches over the bar
  • Daniel Sturridge was ineffectual out wide and looked nothing like the player who came on against Wales
  • Possession was given away cheaply time after time
  • Then disaster struck
  • Absolute disaster
  • England’s marking was poor from what seemed to be a harmless throw in
  • After some neat interchange in which England couldn’t get close to the ball, Gylfi Sigurdsson found himself in acres of space
  • He then threaded the ball through to Kolbeinn Sigthorsson
  • Who himself still had work to do before hitting what should have been a routine strike for Joe Hart to save
  • Only once again his chocolate wrists on show for the world to see
  • The limp wrist of Hart could not stop the ball meekly trickling over the line to give Iceland a sensational lead
  • 19 minutes in and the Footballing world is turned on it’s head
  • But England never recovered from this
  • Harry Kane had a decent volley saved but that was arguably the only decent effort in a miserable tournament
  • England limped to half time and now Roy Hodgson had 45 minutes to save his job
  • Eric Dier was sacrificed for Jack Wilshire at half time
  • Harsh on Dier who was one of the few players to come out of this tournament with any credit
  • But Wilshere did nothing to turn the tide
  • He once again turned in another turgid performance
  • At one point he was playing as the last man as Iceland went in search of a third
  • Hart slightly atoned for his earlier error by keeping out a bicycle kick from Sigthorsson but he would still have to apportion a lot of the blame for his howler earlier
  • But England were now lost
  • Playing without ideas or a system
  • They couldn’t do the basics like string a set of passes together
  • It was frankly embarrassing to watch
  • The longer it went on the more we showed ourselves up
  • Jamie Vardy was again sent on to try and rescue a result but he was ineffectual against Iceland’s deep backline
  • Hodgson was now a rabbit caught in the headlights and his players now mimicked him on the pitch
  • Devoid of ideas or character, where were the leaders
  • Someone like Rooney to take the game by the scruff of the neck
  • Once again he went missing
  • A theme all too constant through the England side last night
  • The final roll of the dice was wonderkid Marcus Rashford, he was given three minutes to do something magical
  • He did more in those three minutes then the rest of the team had done in 87
  • Why on earth did he not come on earlier
  • Hodgson’s misguided loyalty to his players had once again been his undoing
  • Rashford played without fear but it was too little too late
  • England had limped to their worst defeat ever
  • Iceland with an historic victory
  • But this was no fluke they truly deserved it
  • They outclassed England in every department
  • England sent packing, Hodgson quits before a sacking
  • An awful end to an abject tournament
  • Iceland now move into the Quarter Finals where they take on France
  • Hodgson and the England squad of 2016 hang your heads in shame
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