What went wrong and what happens next for England?


England are heading home from Euro 2016 after a humiliating last-16 exit to Iceland - one of the country's most embarrassing defeats of all time.

The morning after the night before, Press Association's Chief Football Writer Simon Peach answers some key questions.

First of all, what went wrong?


Where do we start? Roy Hodgson plumped for a bold, attack-minded squad for Euro 2016 and, on paper, few looked to have such a variety of options in France. Unfortunately they lacked the cutting edge shown for their club sides, leading to draws against the unimpressive Russia and Slovakia. Missing out on top spot in Group B meant a more treacherous route to the final, albeit one that started with a straightforward-looking last-16 clash against the smallest nation ever to grace a major tournament. Iceland, though, punched well above their weight again.

How did Iceland, a country with a population the size of Leicester, manage it?

Iceland celebrate scoring against England

That question, or variants of it, have been asked regularly over the past few years. Having just missed out on the World Cup, they reached Euro 2016, pipped Portugal to runners-up spot in Group F and then knocked out England. It was not as if the win in Nice was undeserved either. The strong, close-knit unit held firm throughout and looked a bigger threat on the break. England were out-thought and out-battled, which was compounded by individual errors from Kyle Walker and Joe Hart for the Iceland goals.

What is next then?

Roy Hodgson on the sidelines with England

As Iceland prepare for a quarter-final against hosts France, the Football Association is left pondering where next to turn. Hodgson fell on his sword in the post-match press conference, reading out a pre-prepared statement that confirmed coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington were following him out. It was an honour, Hodgson said, to lead his country but he accepted going out to Iceland at the last-16 juncture was "not acceptable".

How did the FA react?

Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth in the stands

Hodgson informed chief executive Martin Glenn and technical director Dan Ashworth of his decision in the dressing room. It was always a case of when rather than if he left, especially with his contract soon expiring, and the FA released a statement backing the decision, pledging to "imminently" discuss the next steps.

Who will replace Hodgson then?

The dearth of options to succeed the 68-year-old is almost as depressing as the performance against Iceland itself. England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate is the early favourite a month on from winning the Toulon tournament, while Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez have been mentioned as possible contenders. Outgoing coach Neville is also at relatively short odds to succeed Hodgson and former England striker Alan Shearer has surprisingly thrown his hat into the ring but admits he is unlikely to get the job.

When is a decision likely?

The FA is talking with immediacy but, given the lack of options, they may well be wise to wait for the dust to settle to take a clearer view on the situation. A World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia on September 4 is the first match in the diary for Hodgson's successor.