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Roy Hodgson quits as England manager after humiliating defeat

AFP
Published : Jun 29, 2016, 7:02 am IST
Updated : Jun 29, 2016, 7:02 am IST

Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager following his side’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland in the Euro pre-quarterfinals here.

England soccer team coach Roy Hodgson -AP
 England soccer team coach Roy Hodgson -AP

Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager following his side’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland in the Euro pre-quarterfinals here.

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-game 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 contract was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players. I’m extremely disappointed of course about tonight’s result and ultimately our exit from the competition,” Hodgson said.

He added: “I’m sorry it’s had to end this way with another exit from the tournament. These things happen. All I can do is wish everybody all the very best and hope that you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament fairly soon.”