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England Euro 2016 tournament in review

Jon Wilde 7 Jul 2016
  • England are reeling from another disappointing tournament campaign
  • We look back at their Euro 2016 failure and ahead to Russia 2018
England players Dele Alli (left), Chris Smalling (centre) and Wayne Rooney show their dejection after Iceland's second goal during their Euro 2016 round-of-16 match on June 27 in Nice (credit:Eurotips.com)

England are reeling from the disappointment of yet another miserable tournament campaign – dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland and without a manager just minutes after the final whistle.

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Tournament in summary

Supporters of the Three Lions ought to know better by now than to get their hopes up every other summer that so many years of hurt since 1966 will finally come to an end, but the optimism built again after an excellent qualifying campaign and some encouraging friendly-match victories.

But when it came to the crunch, England were a let-down once more. They conceded a last-gasp equaliser to draw their opening group match 1-1 with Russia, needed a late goal of their own to beat Wales and then played out a 0-0 stalemate against Slovakia that meant a nightmare draw from the quarter-finals onwards – if they could even get that far.

In the end, they could not, beaten 2-1 by an Iceland team playing in their first major tournament but who were much better organised and, frankly, appeared more determined than their opponents to come out on top.

Within minutes of full time, manager Roy Hodgson announced his resignation from an already prepared statement, his four-year reign ending in humiliation as the inquests began into why it had all gone so wrong again.

Kyle Walker (Getty Images)
England’s best player

KYLE WALKER

The full-back positions were an area of concern for England going into the tournament, but ultimately Walker re-established himself as first choice on the right with strong performances against Russia and Wales.

Although the Tottenham Hotspur man was at fault for Iceland’s first goal, he could be satisfied with his attacking contribution in particular.

England’s worst player

RAHEEM STERLING

Frankly, considering the disappointing first season he had with Manchester City, it was a mystery how Sterling even got near the pitch in France let alone started key games.

He missed an excellent early chance against Wales and his inclusion throughout must have left Jamie Vardy wondering what he had to do to get a place in the first-choice line-up.

Where next for England?

Firstly, identify the next manager. At the time of writing, Sam Allardyce was the favourite but should the Football Association try a different approach and go for someone like Jurgen Klinsmann or even wait until next summer to see if Arsene Wenger becomes available?

The World Cup qualifying campaign does not look terribly difficult with Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia providing the main opposition, so there is plenty of time for new ideas to be implemented before Russia 2018.


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