Category: Roy Hodgson

Rooney blames Hodgson for England Euro woe

London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney has blamed England’s Euro 2016 humiliation on Roy Hodgson’s unsuccessful selection gamble. Hodgson made six changes for England’s final group match against Slovakia and the subsequent goalless draw cost England first place in their group. England captain Rooney was one of those rested by Hodgson and the Manchester United forward says the loss of momentum caused by Hodgson’s decision was instrumental in the team’s stunning last 16 defeat against minnows Iceland. “I wouldn’t have rested six players. It’s more than half the team. It was a gamble and it didn’t pay off,” Rooney told the ... Read more

Gary Neville slams talk of Hodgson rift

London (AFP) – Former England assistant coach Gary Neville has blasted reports he fell out with Roy Hodgson during Euro 2016. The Observer newspaper reported on Sunday that then England manager Hodgson and Neville had disagreed over tactics during the tournament which ended for England when they suffered a humiliating loss to Iceland in the last 16. The Observer added that while there was mutual respect, Neville and goalkeeping coach  Dave Watson had disagreements with Hodgson. But former Manchester United and England defender Neville, responding on Twitter, said: “This is absolute bulls***! Apology? Removal of article? Let me know!” Hodgson’s ... Read more

I didn’t see England Euro 2016 defeat coming, says Hodgson

Chantilly (France) (AFP) – England’s now ex-coach Roy Hodgson cut a bewildered figure as he appeared before the press on Tuesday following his team’s humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland, a defeat he said he hadn’t seen coming. “My emotions are obvious ones. I am really disappointed. I didn’t see the defeat coming,” said Hodgson of the 2-1 loss in Nice in the last 16. “Nothing in the first three games here gave me any indication that we would play as poorly as we did.” Facing reporters at England’s media centre in Chantilly, north of Paris, Hodgson had begun by ... Read more

Players did not lose faith in Hodgson at Euro 2016, says Rooney

Chantilly (France) (AFP) – England captain Wayne Rooney has rubbished reports that senior players called into question Roy Hodgson’s management before their Euro 2016 humbling at the hands of Iceland on Monday. “In response to recent media reports, I’d like to say that (the reports are) completely untrue,” Rooney said in a statement released to Britain’s Press Association.  “On behalf of the players, we completely supported the England manager but understand his reasons for stepping down. We had absolute faith in the build up and throughout the tournament.” Rooney’s statement came after British media reports that senior players in the ... Read more

Humiliated Hodgson and England make sombre Euro 2016 exit

Chantilly (France) (AFP) – England’s now ex-coach Roy Hodgson said he was unsure why he had to appear at an awkward press conference on Tuesday after his team’s humiliating Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland. “I don’t really know what I’m doing here. I thought my statement last night was sufficient,” Hodgson told the media in Chantilly as England’s players solemnly departed their luxurious hotel to return home. Hodgson had resigned in a statement after the 2-1 defeat on Monday and he made clear his displeasure that he was was forced to appear alongside Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn. “As ... Read more

Hodgson pays price for sorry England mess

Nice (France) (AFP) – In presiding over England’s humiliating Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson seemed to abandon the principles upon which he has constructed his entire career. Hodgson, 68, resigned as manager in the press conference room at Stade de Nice minutes after his side’s 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 on Monday had brought his third major tournament to a dismal end. Despite building his reputation upon producing well-structured, defensively organised teams, his England side proved careless in defence and shapeless in attack, prompting withering criticism from pundits. “Roy was making it ... Read more

Hodgson quits as England boss after Iceland humiliation

Nice (France) (AFP) – Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager following his side’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland in the Euro 2016 last 16 on Monday. Hodgson’s contract was due to expire after the tournament and following the match in Nice, he read a pre-prepared statement at his post-match press conference in which he said that he would not be seeking to continue. “I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business,” said the 68-year-old, who succeeded Fabio Capello as manager in 2012. “My ... Read more

I won’t beg for England job, says manager Hodgson

Chantilly (France) (AFP) – England manager Roy Hodgson believes that the achievements of his four-year tenure speak for themselves ahead of his side’s slippery Euro 2016 last 16 tie against underdogs Iceland. Hodgson, 68, goes into the game under extreme pressure, with England having finished second behind Wales in Group B and failed to secure a place in the less daunting other half of the draw. Defeat in Nice would almost certainly lead to Hodgson’s contract not being extended, but although he has made no secret of his desire to continue in the role, he said he would not be shouting ... Read more