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Published: 22:23 | 27/6/16

Hodgson resigns after defeat


Roy Hodgson has resigned with immediate effect after watching his England side lose 2-1 to minnows Iceland in their Euro 2016 last 16 encounter in Nice.

Wayne Rooney's early penalty should have settled English nerves but Ragnar Sigurdsson took advantage of sloppy defending to equalise a minute later.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson grabbed the winner on 18 minutes with an effort which squirmed under Joe Hart and the underdogs ultimately closed out a comfortable, famous win.

Hodgson, whose contract was over at the end of the tournament, read out a prepared statement in the post match press conference announcing he was leaving with immediate effect.

"I'm sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen," he said.

"I hope you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament soon.

"We are out of the Euros so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of a hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have done fantastically, and done everything asked of them. When I arrived I was told that players would not turn up or pull out at the last minute but I haven't seen any of that.

"Gary Neville and Ray Lewington have asked me to speak on their behalf. They arrived with me and will leave with me and I'd like to thank them for the major part they have played in team preparations. Finally, I want to thank the support staff at the FA, and the fans.

"It's been a fantastic journey the last four years, I will look back on it with pride. I want to thank the media for the support you've given me for in the last four years. I'm sorry it's ended in another exit but these things happen and I wish you the very best and I hope you can still see a England team in a final of a major tournament very soon, something that we have been unable to deliver."

In a statement released shortly after Hodgson's resignation, the FA said: "Like the nation, we are disappointed to lose this evening and that our run in Euro 2016 has come to a premature end.

"We had high hopes of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition and accept that we have not met our own expectations or those of the country.

"We back Roy Hodgson's decision to step down as England manager and will discuss next steps imminently."

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