England manager Roy Hodgson resigned last night after they were sensationally dumped out of Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland.
Hodgson strongly refuted claims beforehand that England would be taking their opponents lightly, but they crashed out after losing 2-1, despite taking a 4th minute lead from the penalty spot.
Pundits and former players didn't hold back in the criticism of Hodgson and his players;
Alan Shearer launched a scathing attack saying "We were out-fought, out-thought, out-battled and totally hopeless for 90 minutes. I said after the three group games that England weren't good enough.
"It looked to me like Roy was making it up as he was going along."How can he pick Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere? We had players in the squad who didn't deserve to be there. Manchester City's winger Raheem Sterling hasn't performed. We can go on and on. Then there was Tottenham striker Harry Kane on corners... the list is endless. "Our players caved tonight. We've all played under pressure, they caved and the manager caved. He gave Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford four minutes and he still did more than anyone else.
"We are blinded by the Premier League. We think it's the best in the world for talent. It's not. We are totally reliant on foreign players and managers for excitement. We are not as good as we think we are."
Rio Ferdinand added "the display was embarrassing".
There's no denying this current England squad is talented and still relatively young, which makes the next managerial appointment crucial. This talented crop of youngsters must realise their potential with the national team. A post mortem will begin, older players like Rooney, Hart, Milner and Cahill may have played in their last major international tournament.
The Golden Generation
Despite achieving everything in the domestic game, the last golden generation of Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Owen etc went from competition to competition of near misses and mediocrity for the national team.
England have in fact not reached the last four of a major tournament since hosting the European Championships 20 years ago.
Southgate the early favourite
Gareth Southgate has been installed as the bookies' early favourite to take over from Hodgson. Southgate worked with the majority of the senior team whilst in charge of the under 21 team.
The criticism aimed at Hodgson usually implied he was out of touch, relying on dated tactics with no Plan B. If Greg Dyke and the FA believe this also, a young, innovative manager may be the solution. Eddie Howe is a name being thrown about at the moment, or perhaps Gary Neville could step up.
Current odds on the next England manager:
Gareth Southgate - 15/8
Glenn Hoddle - 8/1
Eddie Howe - 12/1
Alan Pardew - 12/1
Harry Redknapp - 14/1
Alan Shearer - 16/1
Sam Allardyce - 16/1
Gary Neville - 20/1
Brendan Rogers - 25/1
Guus Hiddink - 25/1
Jurgen Klinsmann - 25/1
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