England team slammed by UK press for being booted out of Europe again
England have gone through a roller-coaster ride of a week
England have gone through a roller-coaster ride of a week.
After having been dumped out of the European Union following the Brexit referendum that occurred on Thursday, the country's football team has been knocked out of the Euro 2016 tournament by minnows Iceland – who have never made it to a major tournament before this year’s Euros.
The British press and social media burst into a flurry of rants, holding nothing back as most described the 2-1 loss as the worst in the three lions’ history.
“This was England’s most humiliating night in international football: far worse than the 1950 World Cup defeat to the USA in Belo Horizonte,” The Telegraph’s Paul Hayward wrote.
“Defeat here in Nice was always going to be a deeper trauma. This one came in the era of the Premier League as global industry.”
Brexit is here! A country of less than 350,000 people defeats mighty England! Well played Iceland! #EURO2016— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 28, 2016
Prior to last nights’ defeat, the majority referred to England’s 1-0 loss to the US in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil as the worst of all time.
Following the humiliation, England manager Roy Hodgson handed in his resignation after an under-fire performance throughout his four-year tenure.
“What a waste the last two years have been,” The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel wrote. “Hodgson should have gone in 2014, when England lasted two matches at the World Cup. He wasn’t the man then, he isn’t the man now.
“There has been much talk of progress, promise and a strong culture of responsibility, but under pressure, that all evaporated.”
Hodgson may shoulder the blame by having been axed, but several journalists have pointed fingers at the players’ underwhelming performances as well – with many of them playing for the country’s elite clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
BBC’s chief football writer Phil McNulty wrote, “The ultimate responsibility lies with the manager but, make no mistake, he was badly let down by players capable of so much better,”
“Hodgson will take the blame and has paid the price but these highly paid Premier League players should not escape criticism.”
Still struggling to grasp just how bad that was from England last night - players and management. Iceland smarter, sharper, tougher, better.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) June 28, 2016
Goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson were enough to put the sword to the British team as they march on to a quarter-final clash with tournament hosts France.