3 things we learned as Hodgson quits amid humiliating England loss

Failure is a term too often used to describe the English national side, though the second-round loss to Iceland was an abject one, in every sense of the word.

After taking the lead in Nice through a Wayne Rooney penalty, the Three Lions were rocked as their opposition raced ahead into the lead.

As poor as Roy Hodgson’s players were, the Icelandic team were reminiscent of the Leicester City side that topped the Premier League this season, bettering their glamorous counterparts in every single department.

Much of the talk prior to the tournament was the 66-year old’s decision to bring 5 strikers, though only the brief cameo of Marcus Rashford gave the travelling support anything to shout about.

Harry Kane, the darling of English football leading up to the Euros, looked bereft of confidence all evening as the occasion drowned him in its misery.

Surely now this will be the end for Hodgson, but what did we learn on surely his final outing?

Alli and Kane didn’t earn their Spurs

Kane

All season, the interplay between Dele Alli and Harry Kane with Tottenham Hotspur has been one of the talking points of the season.

As good as the pair have been in North London, they failed to find that spark at all during this tournament and the bluntness in their play was one of the major disappointments.

Kane’s rise of the last two years has been nothing short of meteoric. His outings over the past few weeks have been disastrous.

Joe Hart needs to go

Hart

For years, Joe Hart was the undisputed Number 1 for the Three Lions.

However, his performances in France would suggest the Manchester City is on the wane.

After bragging that he had little to do, Hart first let a Gareth Bale free-kick slip through his fingers, before flapping at pretty much any shot Iceland fired at him this evening.

With Fraser Forster and Jack Butland closing the gap, the 29-year old really need to be looking over his shoulders..

Rashford – The New Hope?

Rashford2

Waxing poetic over an England player tonight may well appear to be clutching at straws, such is the magnitude of the defeat in Nice.

Still, if there was ONE bright spot, it will be the late cameo of Marcus Rashford.

As he has done for Manchester United all season, the 18-year old bucked the trend of stagnant forward play and actually ran at players, looking to do something. Anything.

He should have been introduced about 15 minutes before Hodgson rolled the dice

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