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Six moments that sum up England’s dismal defeat by Iceland

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker says England “lack mental strength” and are “not technically good enough” to be successful in major tournament football.

England were knocked out of Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage after a shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland on Monday.

Manager Roy Hodgson resigned immediately after the game in Nice.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, ex-England striker Lineker, 55, backed Glen Hoddle to succeed Hodgson.

‘A lack of mental strength’

England’s conquerors Iceland – with a population of just 330,000 – were among the lowest-ranked teams in France at 34th in the world.

England started the finals with a 1-1 draw against Russia before beating Wales 2-1 and drawing 0-0 with Slovakia in their final Group B game – results that left them in second place and in a tougher half of the draw.

“There’s a degree of a lack of mental strength which maybe comes from a lack of success in recent tournaments and the pressure that comes on the England team.

“But don’t you think for one minute that there is more pressure on the England team than there is on the Spanish team, the German team, the Italian team. The expectancy in those countries is higher than it is in our country. We tend to be quite realistic because we’re quite used to failure.

“Perhaps we’re not quite used to it on this scale. I’m sure once it started to go wrong and they got behind, you could sense nobody seemed to know what to do. There was no real game plan, no plan B.

“I always thought this tournament was a bit early for this lot because they’re very young and a bit inexperienced.

“Hopefully this doesn’t damage them too much mentally and they’ll turn it around in the future because we have got some good young players coming through.

“They need to know on the pitch exactly what their jobs are, what they’re supposed to do in certain circumstances and I’m not sure that was the case. It’s like an actor. An actor can be as good as he likes but he still needs a really good director.

“Mental strength really comes from confidence. It comes from winning and that’s the same in all sports. I don’t think there’s anything in our national DNA that makes us bottlers or chokers. I don’t think that’s the point because we’re so successful in other sports.”

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Highlights: England 1-2 Iceland

‘Not technically good enough or tactically sound enough’

Hodgson faced heavy criticism following the goalless draw against Slovakia for making six changes to the side that had beaten Wales, despite knowing a victory would mean England topped the group.

He was also criticised for the tactic of having Tottenham striker Harry Kane take corners during the tournament and starting Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling against Iceland. England scored just four goals in the tournament despite averaging 63% possession.

“Look at the game before [Italy’s 2-0 win over Spain] – Italy went out there and they had a real game plan.

“You could see the coach on the sidelines orchestrating everything, they played a pressing game for a while, then they sat for a while.

“You could see that every single player on that pitch knew exactly what his job was at any given time and the positions they should be in. the organisation and the game plan was obvious and it worked.

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“You couldn’t really see that with England. It seemed a little bit slapdash, a little bit scattergun. I think they caught England by surprise by playing quite high up the pitch. We just didn’t know how to exploit it.

“There were plans and then there were changes. It kind of worked against Wales – in the second half he went for it then and you give him credit for that because he turned it round. I’m not quite sure he ever really had a great deal of faith in the 4-3-3.

“Roy is traditionally a 4-4-2 guy, he has been all of his career. He’s kind of changed and, understandably at times, tried different things.

“We didn’t really have the players to change the system. We haven’t got any wingers – we’ve only got Raheem Sterling, who is bang out of form and confidence.

“He didn’t give himself those alternatives by picking five or six central strikers.

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Highlights: England 2-1 Wales

“We’ve always been a bit tactically behind and it’s unquestionable that we’ve always been technically behind. There will always be exceptions to the rule – and we are teaching our young players better now – but it’s only really in the academies where we get any decent coaching.

“We are getting technical footballers. If you look at our under-21s, under-19s and under-17s, they play the same kind of football that we see the Spanish players, Italian players playing, keeping the ball on the floor.

“Gradually that influx of young talent will come through in our first team. Hopefully they will improve our performances over time because we can compete technically.”

‘Lack of passion, that’s a myth’

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson ‘unhappy’ with England media call

Hodgson and FA chief executive Martin Glenn both dismissed suggestions that England players lacked passion against Iceland.

“We have some decent players, you can’t just say they’re all useless – that’s nonsense. You can’t say they don’t care, we saw how much they care against Wales.

“That’s always been a myth – there’s no passion. Our problem is there’s too much passion, we care too much. We get a little bit tense – we’re not technically good enough, tactically sound enough.

“Everyone thinks the players have so much money they don’t care, they are not focused – but why does that not apply to Italians or Germans or Spanish? They earn fortunes and it does not affect them, so why does it affect us?

“The players who are truly successful are never there for money, they play for passion, joy and love of football – and to be successful.

“I can’t tell you how much it will have hurt those players. It was the worst possible nightmare, total humiliation to a country the size of Leicester.

“It is not about effort – it has never been with England – but sometimes it matters too much and that encumbers our performance.”

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England’s major tournaments under Hodgson

‘FA chief executive will seek advice’

Martin Glenn, a former CEO of United Biscuits, was appointed chief executive of the FA last May. He said on Tuesday he was “not a football expert” and would be drawing on experienced figures in the game to help an FA three-man panel select the next England manager.

FA technical director Dan Ashworth and board member and ex-Manchester United chief executive David Gill will sit on the panel with Glenn.

The 54-year-old, who has also worked for Cadbury Schweppes, Mars and Deloitte, was a non-executive director at Leicester City from 2002 to 2006.

“Martin Glenn is not a football expert and neither is [FA chairman] Greg Dyke, no-one at the FA has been for a long time with the exception of Trevor Brooking. We don’t really have football people there, but Martin is an intelligent man, I know him very well. He is the kind of person who will seek advice from people that are football people.

“It is an advantage if you have played the game at this level. If not, it is hard to realise what it feels like, how it is to play in these matches, to play against the very best, to compete to win games and lose games and understand the tactical nuisances of football.”

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FA will seek ‘best man’ for England job

‘Next England manager – I’d go for Hoddle’

Glenn has not ruled out appointing a foreign manager as Hodgson’s successor and the FA says it has an interim plan – likely to mean giving the job to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate on a temporary basis – if a permanent manager is not found before England’s World Cup qualifying campaign starts in September.

“There is no-one particularly obvious out there. You could take a punt with someone that’s played at the top.

“Alan Shearer volunteered his services, he is a passionate man and understands the game – but he doesn’t think for a minute they will consider him.

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“You could go down the route of a foreigner, but that has not worked before. We were really unlucky with Fabio Capello – Italians are so good at tactics and we found the one who probably wasn’t, according to the players that I have spoken to who played under him.

“If you go English, it is really difficult. There are two or three in the top flight, Sam Allardyce, Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew – but they have not won the trophies you would anticipate.

“Do you go back to perhaps Glenn Hoddle? He was one of England’s best coaches.

“Hoddle has been out of the game for a while, but he understands the game technically. He is the kind of guy who understands how to get over to players how to play in various systems.

“Gareth Southgate has come through and done well with the under-21s. Maybe someone with experience with Southgate like Hoddle?”

Lineker was speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Mark Chapman. You can listen to the interview here.

Glenn Hoddle managed England at the 1998 World Cup but was sacked following comments he made about disabled people

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Gareth Southgate recently guided England Under-21s to victory at the Toulon Tournament in France

The Football Association is prepared to make Gareth Southgate interim England manager for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign as it begins a global search for Roy Hodgson’s successor.

Hodgson resigned after four years as manager following the humiliating Euro 2016 last-16 loss to Iceland in Nice on Monday.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn, sitting alongside an emotional Hodgson in Chantilly, even suggested the search could take months – bringing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger into the equation as he enters the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium.

Glenn, asked if England Under-21 boss Southgate could take charge for the opening qualifier against Slovakia in September, said: “We’ll see.

“We’d like to get one for the first World Cup qualifier, but if we don’t we have an interim plan in mind.

“We are not talking about names but it would be a pretty obvious one to pick.”

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FA will seek ‘best man’ for England job

The selection process will be led by Glenn, FA board member David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth – and they plan to conduct a widespread consultation process before narrowing down the contenders.

Glenn said “It’s such an important decision. We have got to get the right person. To wait a few months – if that’s what we had to do – would be the right decision.

“You might get a few interim solutions, where a few managers come to help.”

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Wenger would be a prime candidate if the FA could tempt him – so would the FA wait a year for any manager, not necessarily the Arsenal boss, to see out a deal?

Glenn said the FA would not delay that long if it jeopardised the World Cup qualifying campaign, but added: “It would be unlikely. A lot of things can happen in a year which may undo your plans.

“So what I am saying is it is hypothetical. I wouldn’t rule it out but I would say it would be less likely.”

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Glenn also refused to restrict the search to English coaches and insisted choosing a foreign coach would not impact on the production of hoe-grown players.

“It has to be the best person for the job,” he said.

“You have to make trade-offs. If there were the perfect English manager you would pick them. I am not sure there is, but we would take a good look and make a rational assessment.

“The Premier League clubs all want home-grown players to get through because it makes financial sense. If I were to pick a foreign coach I don’t think that would change anything materially or somehow lose face.”

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson ‘unhappy’ with England media call

He was backed by outgoing manager Hodgson, who said: “I don’t have a problem with it. It would be very hypocritical of me to do so having been coach of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates.

“I think I should be the last person to say it’s got to be a national. It’s got to be the best person.

I think it would be nice if it was an Englishman. I have been proud as an Englishman to do the job and I have had a lot of support from the general public as an Englishman – but Martin will have to find the best person available.”

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Harry Redknapp talks about why he has no faith in the FA

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Jun 292016
 

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson ‘unhappy’ with England media call

Roy Hodgson says England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland and exit from Euro 2016 will cause longer-term “damage” to the team.

And Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said it is now “imperative” to find out why England are “brittle” at tournaments.

Hodgson, who resigned after Monday’s game, repeatedly questioned why he had to attend a news conference on Tuesday.

But he said: “One particularly bad game has caused a lot of damage to me personally and the team going forward.”

Hodgson, 68, added: “We have a major bridge to repair – had we played better last night that might not need repairing.”

England won just one of their four games at the tournament in France, qualifying second from their group behind Wales to reach the last 16, where they suffered the humiliating defeat by a nation with a population of just 330,000.

Hodgson said there were no “magic answers” to explain England’s performance at the European Championship, where they also drew with Russia and Slovakia and beat Wales with a last-minute winner.

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FA will seek ‘best man’ for England job

Glenn did not rule out appointing a foreign manager as Hodgson’s successor, adding: “We are looking for the best person, not necessarily the best Englishman.”

But he said the key thing to address was England’s regular failure, which has seen them reach only three semi-finals at a major tournament since they won the 1966 World Cup as hosts.

“We need to punch our weight in tournaments in a way that we have not done in 50 years,” added Glenn.

“When we get to the business end of a tournament, England seem brittle and we need to understand why that is.”

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Highlights: England 1-2 Iceland

‘I do not know what I am doing here’

Hodgson read a statement to announce his resignation after the Iceland game which he felt was “sufficient” – and four times during Tuesday’s news conference he said he should not need to face the media again.

“I am still a little bit unsure what I’m doing here,” said the former Fulham, West Brom and Liverpool boss. ” I suppose someone has to stand and take the slings and arrows.”

When BBC sports editor Dan Roan suggested Hodgson had been forced to attend, Hodgson replied: “I wasn’t forced to come. I was anxious to make certain no-one in this room can say I was worried to face the media.”

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Euro 2016: England 1-2 Iceland – Roy Hodgson resigns after defeat

‘Players did not lose faith’

Hodgson faced heavy criticism following the goalless draw against Slovakia for making six changes to the side that had beaten Wales, despite knowing a victory would mean England topped the group.

He was also criticised for the tactic of having Tottenham striker Harry Kane take corners during the tournament and starting Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling against Iceland.

During Tuesday’s news conference, England captain Wayne Rooney released a statement saying reports the players had lost faith in Hodgson are “completely untrue”.

When asked about the reports, Hodgson added: “If it was true, they disguised it very well from the players and coaching staff.”

Glenn described the dressing room as a scene of “devastation and personal grief” after the defeat at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

He added: “Let’s scotch that one – it’s not about a lack of passion amongst our players.”

England’s failings

England scored only four goals in four matches at Euro 2016 and Hodgson felt his side were not “ruthless” enough in France.

He said: “We did not play well last night and I take full responsibility for that.

“We showed signs of good football in the first three games, which gave us confidence, but last night we didn’t reproduce.

“I’m disappointed. I didn’t see it coming. I had no indication that we were going to play that badly.”

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Six moments that sum up England’s dismal defeat by Iceland

He added: “I’m sure those players will live up to expectations and one day I’m sure we’ll see England do well in a tournament – I’m hoping in 2018 [at the World Cup in Russia].

“They have shown they are worthy of wearing an England shirt and they have shown myself and my coaches that in this tournament.”

England’s future

Glenn will be fronting a three-man panel to decide the next England manager, with FA technical director Dan Ashworth and board member and ex-Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

They will be canvassing opinion from current and former managers, players and clubs.

Glenn told BBC Radio 5 live that a new manager could be in place for England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on 4 September – but did not rule out an interim manager being appointed.

And on England’s ability to recover from the disappointment of Euro 2016, he added: “It’s a dark day but I’m an innate optimist.

“If you go back 10 years and [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger saying he wasn’t seeing the technical quality coming through at age 10 – that’s not true any more.

“This team cared. How to prepare them to make them more resilient when it comes to those pressure-cooker games is the job we’ve got to do going forward.”

Hodgson’s legacy

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England’s major tournaments under Hodgson

Hodgson won 33 of his 56 games as England boss after being appointed in 2012, succeeding Italian Fabio Capello.

England reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 – losing to Italy on penalties – before a dismal showing at the 2014 World Cup, where they exited at the group stages without winning a game.

Glenn added: “I want to thank Roy. The set-up now is much stronger than the one he inherited. Iceland is not your legacy or epitaph, we have much to be grateful for.”

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Hoddle (left) managed England at the 1998 World Cup, while Southgate (right) is the Under-21 boss

Gareth Southgate being favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager is “scary”, says Harry Redknapp.

Hodgson resigned on Monday after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by minnows Iceland.

But Redknapp said Southgate was only seen as a favourite for the job because he had won a “second-rate tournament” with England Under-21s in Toulon.

“Why should he get it in front of Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers?” asked the former QPR boss.

When it was suggested that Southgate knew the way the Football Association (FA) worked as well as the English “system”, Redknapp responded: “Knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula?

“I like Gareth Southgate, he’s a great lad, but what’s he done?”

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Harry Redknapp talks about why he has no faith in the FA

Redknapp, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, said former England boss Glenn Hoddle, 58, was a more suitable candidate.

“I think he had an idea of how he wanted to play,” said Redknapp. “He would have come up with a system that we all know how we’re going to play.”

However, he said he did not “have a lot of faith” in the FA making the right choice.

“Look at what they’ve done in the past,” he said. “We’ve had Sven-Goran Eriksson. It’s scary. They are going to make a right decision one day, but I probably won’t be alive to see it.”

Redknapp also suggested former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood as a possible option.

“He’s got passion, enthusiasm, I’ll come and work with him all day,” said the 69-year-old. “He’s young, enthusiastic, knows the game.”

But he played down suggestions he might finally get the England job after missing out to Hodgson in 2012.

“It was a long time ago I was one of the favourites,” said the former QPR, Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham boss.

“I don’t fit. I would love to manage England, but I’m a realistic person and I realise I’ve got absolutely no chance.”

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Highlights: England 1-2 Iceland

BBC pundit Alan Shearer also thinks Hoddle should be given a second chance at taking control of England, perhaps alongside Southgate.

Hoddle managed England at the 1998 World Cup but was sacked following comments he made about disabled people.

“Hoddle is a great coach who’s still got a lot to offer,” said Shearer.

Under Hoddle, England, with Shearer leading the attack, reached the last 16 at the 1998 World Cup before losing to Argentina on penalties.

Hoddle, who replaced Terry Venables after the 1996 European Championship, was then sacked in 1999 following an interview he gave to The Times.

In it, the former Tottenham, Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea midfielder suggested disabled people were being made to pay for the sins of past lives.

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Hoddle has not managed since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, while Southgate’s only other managerial job ended with the sack following Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League in 2009.

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, who was at QPR in 2014 when Hoddle was appointed as a first-team coach, tweeted: “Those mentioning Hoddle are really so far away.”

He added: “He did OK in 1998 but he’s been out of the game a long time and having worked with him at QPR, he is so far behind where he needs to be.”

Shearer said Southgate, 45, had done a “very good job” with the Under-21s but would benefit from being able to call upon Hoddle’s “experience”.

“It’s about having a leader in there,” said Shearer. “Southgate is certainly one of those guys. As is Hoddle. Glenn was brilliant for England.”

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The Match of the Day pundit also expressed an interest in the vacancy himself, revealing he had wanted to take over in 2012.

“I would speak to the FA now, definitely,” he said. “I’d offer my experience, tournament experience. Even if Southgate gets it.”

Shearer’s former England striker partner, Teddy Sheringham, said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be his choice.

“People will disagree with me backing him for the England job, but you need a bit of everything in a football team,” said Sheringham.