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The FA have issued the following statement following Hodgson's announcement.

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.

"For now, we congratulate Iceland for reaching the quarter final and wish them well against France at the weekend.

"Finally, our sincere thanks go to the travelling fans for their incredible support tonight and to everyone back home for getting behind the team.

Roy Hodgson has announced he will leave his position as England manager. He said:

I will look back on the four years with pride. I want to thank the media for the support you have given me.

"I am sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen. I hope you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament soon.

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England have shattered expectations of just how bad they are capable of being. Iceland executed their game plan perfectly, but it does not account for the elementary mistakes that dominated their dismal performance this evening.

They are going home. Deservedly. Something remains very wrong with English football.

Iceland's wonderful journey in France continues. Goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson have sealed the most famous night in their footballing history.


England are out! Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, players who dominated the richest league in European football last season, fall to the ground in despair. Even by England's standards, this has been an utter catastrophe. They go home and Iceland march on to meet France in the quarter-finals.

FULL TIME: England 1-2 Iceland

Sturridge floats a ball into the box and Vardy is inches away from contact! Iceland knock away for another corner. One last chance? Joe Hart is up.

Just over a minute left. England are lumping the ball into the box repeatedly with Gary Cahill now playing as a centre forward.

Marcus Rashford looks to make an immediate impact, dancing in from the left to win a corner for his side. Three minutes of time added on here.

England vs Iceland

England could have been trailing 3-1 after this, had it not been for Hart.

Rose does well down the left to win a free kick but yet again, Kane takes it and swings it straight out of play. It really is staggering how bad England have been at doing the simple things tonight.

Rooney's dismal evening is brought to an end, Marcus Rashford is on for the final five minutes.

Iceland denied a third! Aron Gunnarsson rampages through the middle on the counter, trying to twist and turn inside Wilshere, who is the only man back. He manages it and has space to fire on goal and it forces a very decent save from Hart.

Harry Kane is free to receive a pass but the ball rolls over his foot and away from him. This is extraordinary.

Eight minutes remain here. England need a goal to force extra-time.

Wilshere has been England's least worst player since coming on (words like best or influential no longer applicable) . He lifts another decent ball into the box for Kane to run onto but he can't quite force it across goal far enough and it's straight at the goalkeeper.

England vs Iceland

Sigurdsson's challenge here was so clean it took the mud stains off Vardy's shorts.

What an awful sequence that was just now for England. Bjarnason is free is jog into the box unchallenged before someone finally sticks a foot in to win the ball back. It's moved out to Sturridge who, inexplicably, immediately gives the ball back to Iceland. They are so surprised how bad England are they lose concentration and give it straight back.

15 minutes remain in this match. If anything, England are looking worse as this match goes on.

Iceland aren't getting out of their own half often here, but do pose a threat when they do. On the counter, Sævarsson breaks down the right from full-back, cutting inside Rose before lashing a shot on goal from a tight angle. It's not a bad effort given it is on his weaker foot, but it isn't troubling Hart.

Terrific defending from Sigurdsson! Vardy is freed down the middle by a wonderful pass from Kane but an immaculate challenge from the Iceland centre-half comes in to cleanly push the ball away from him.

Jamie Vardy

Vardy is on, but we haven't seen much of him yet.

Now the ball pops up invitingly for Wilshere from 25 yards out, urging the Arsenal midfielder to take the half-volley on. He shouldn't have bothered, it's almost as bad as Kane's effort a moment ago. Almost.

Oh wow. That was incredibly poor from Kane. After Ronaldo-like preparation, he slices that free kick well wide from goal. Dreadful.

Aron Gunnarsson takes out Alli and is correctly shown a yellow card. England have the free kick which is a good 40 meters out.

Iceland didn't sit back immediately after taking the lead but they have done that now. England are seeing all of the ball but that final telling pass is still not there.

Rooney again passes straight into the path of an Iceland player. The skipper isn't having a good game in midfield, his ball retention has been woeful at times.

Here he is, Jamie Vardy has joined the party, replacing Sterling.

England just tried something from the Iceland playbook there, a huge throw into the penalty box. Iceland cleared at the first attempt.

There is a bit of movement on the England bench, Jamie Vardy looks to be getting ready.

Iceland almost grab another! England fail to clear the corner and it drops to Sigurdsson who tries the overhead kick from six yard out, but Hart makes a good save. Redemption? Not quite, but it will do for now.

Gudmundsson hurls another one of those long balls into Sigthórsson, who appears to be having his shirt pulled by Smalling inside the box. The ball comes off the noggin of the Manchester United defender and out for a corner.

Wilshere threads another good ball down the middle for Alli to run onto. There isn't much space for the Tottenham man to run onto but he almost get there before Halldórsson collects.

The first effort is hammered away but Wilshere picks it up and lifts a diagonal ball into Kane who leaps onto it, but can't get the pace on his header to worry the goalkeeper.

Rose jogs down the left, looking to cross into the middle. With not much happening in there, he gladly wins a free kick off Gudmundsson.

And we are back for the second half and Jack Wilshere will enter the fray for England, replacing Eric Dier.

England are 45 minutes from being eliminated from Euro 2016. 34 seconds after Wayne Rooney's penalty hit the back of the net, Iceland equalised with a carbon copy of a goal they scored against Austria nine days ago. Had England not thought to consider the possibility of a Iceland long throw in training this week? Apparently not.

A second from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson left England to despair after more poor marking and another huge error from Joe Hart. What now, Roy?

Roy Hodgson

Half-time: England 1-2 Iceland

Walker takes on Skúlason down the right and pulls a wonderful ball back for Rooney whose breaking into the box. He takes it on the volley but shins it completely, hammering it into the turf before watching it bounce over the bar.

Sturridge curls a ball into the box that for a second looks like it might just catch Halldórsson out and creep into the top corner, but the Iceland goalkeeper back peddles and collects.

Joe Hart

Iceland have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy after Hart's latest error.

Kane takes this one and it's a dangerous delivery into Smalling who is almost pinned between the post and two Iceland defenders. He gets his head to it, but can't direct it on target.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is shown a yellow card for preventing Rose from taking a quick free kick.

Gylfi Sigurdsson tests Hart's nerves with an effort from range but the Man City goalkeeper holds onto this one. Iceland are looking dangerous on the break here, England need to watch it.

Rooney is fed about 30 yards out from goal and receives a square ball from Alli. He looks for the top corner but his effort is no trouble for the Iceland goalkeeper.

England manage to clear the latest Rory Delap-esque delivery into the box but it falls to Skúlason who has no hesitation taking the shot on from 25 yards out. It's a clean hit, but is always swerving wide of Hart's goal.

I've just looked at the time; half an hour of this match has flown by. In more pressing news, Iceland have another throw-in deep in enemy territory.

England appeal for a penalty as Alli goes down in the box but it is a clear dive and the referee plays on. The Spurs midfielder is maybe lucky not to be booked for that it was so blatant.

Good pressure from England, this. Sturridge gets into the box again and waits for the overlapping run from Rose to his left. He gets there and cuts a ball back but it takes a fortunate nick off someone which takes it into Halldórsson's grateful arms.

Good save from Halldórsson! England break swiftly with Kane spreading the ball down the right for Sturridge. He dances (no, not like that) into the box and lifts a ball over to Kane who has continued into the box and meets the ball with a lovely volley, but the Iceland goalkeeper is equal to it.


Iceland are doing it again.

England manage to clear another big throw from Iceland but they immediately chuck the ball back in with their big defender Sigurdsson still up. He challenges Hart for the ball and impedes the England goalkeeper, who wins the free kick.

WHAT IS GOING ON?! Iceland have taken the lead and it is another shocker from Joe Hart in goal. It's very slick build-up play from Sigurdsson and Bödvarsson who exchange neat passes before the ball is laid off to Sigthórsson, who pulls the ball away from a challenge from Cahill and shoots low for the corner. Hart gets down, gets a hand to it, but the ball trickles under him and rolls into the net!

Goal! England 1-2 Iceland (Kollbien Sigthórsson, 18)

England looked impotent from corners in their group matches but twice now they have looked threatening from them this evening. Moments ago Chris Smalling was inches from reaching Rooney's delivery, while another from the captain just now momentarily caused a panic in the Iceland box. The ball dropped nicely for Alli on the edge of box whose strike on goal was a clean one, but always rising over the bar.

England enjoyed a dream start through their captain. Easy night ahead, right?

England vs Iceland


England vs Iceland

It's early doors, but Raheem Sterling has been England's best player so far. He won the penalty and has looked very bright in these opening stages.

It was a throw from Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson that did the damage there. England were warned about them; it's been Iceland's most dangerous weapon during this competition!

England's lead wiped out after a minute! An enormous throw arrives in the box and England panic, allowing Ragnar Sigurdsson to nip and drill home from close range. What a start!

Goal! England 1-1 Iceland (Ragnar Sigurdsson, 5)

What are you playing at Halldórsson?! A neat ball is hooked into the box for Sterling to run onto but it looks like there is too much pace on the ball. The Iceland goalkeeper saunters out to get it but leaps into the Man City man and completely takes him out. Easy decision for the referee, and Wayne Rooney steps up to sweep home!

Goal! England 1-0 Iceland (Wayne Rooney, 4)

PENALTY - England

Daniel Sturridge gets the ball from Alli and cuts in from the left before letting an ambitious effort go from range. No trouble for the goalkeeper there.

And England get us underway for the first-half.

National anthem time in Nice.

England have not won a knock-out match in a European Championship in 20 years. They haven't won a knock-out match in a European Championship that wasn't on home soil since 1968. Can they end that hoodoo against Iceland tonight.

Just over five minutes until kick-off.


Nothing like blind optimism, is there?

Elsewhere tonight, Italy have booked their place in the last eight. An early goal from Giorgio Chiellini and a late strike from Graziano Pelle was enough to beat defending champions Spain who had David de Gea to thank for the keeping them in the contest for so long.

The Azzurri will now meet world champions in the quarter-finals.

Giorgio Chiellini

Compared to previous campaigns, England's level in control in each of their matches so far has been much improved. But as Manchester United fans learned watching their team under Louis van Gaal, it counts for nothing is there is no real incision or invention attack. It is something Ry Hodgson is more than aware of.

It's all about winning or losing and staying in or going out, and we have been very brutal with ourselves in that respect and we have a very brutal focus. We made it very clear amongst ourselves that it doesn't matter that we, in our eyes, are playing well.

"All that matters is that we haven't won, and when you don't win you get criticised and perhaps rightly so because there's always a reason why you haven't won.

"I've been very keen to point out to the players - although I've not encountered any opposition - that we've got to make certain that we turn what we think is domination in some games, or imposing our game onto opponents, into wins. If we don't, then it's not going to be good enough.

Roy Hodgson

Iceland are no stranger to riling the big boys in this competition, having prompted that hilarious tantrum from Cristiano Ronaldo following their 1-1 draw with Portugal in the group stages. Ahead of their clash with England the message has been clear; you know nothing about us. Joint-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson said:

I'm not afraid of England," said Hallgrimsson, who manages Iceland alongside Lars Lagerback. "And now we know how fun it is to win, how good it is to get to the last 16 the first time trying. It wasn't negative to get second place in the group as we get two extra days to prepare. We always knew the opponent will be difficult in the last 16. From today, all that matters is we are in the last 16.

"Iceland has to have the perfect game, we have to have our best game and we know that and we say that when we play the best team, we just have to play our best and that's what we have to do. Even when we play our best we know we can still lose.

"Iceland knows everything about English football, we are English football crazy. I don't think we need analyse them much but I don't think they know too much about Iceland players. I could count all the players [as being dangerous] it is a creative team a little bit different the English team than before as before, Roy Hodgson deserves credit for that – there are a lot of threats in England team.

Iceland have quickly become everyone's second favourite side at Euro 2016. 10% of the tiny Nordic island's 330,000 population have followed them to France where they held their own in a competitive group alongside Austria, Hungary and Portugal. Their remarkable rise is well worth reading up on ahead of kick-off.

Iceland celebrate qualifying for the last 16 following their last-gasp victory over Austria in Saint-Denis FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images


Two England players in Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand are a booking away from picking up a suspension. Iceland meanwhile have seven players walking the tight rope with Kari Arnason, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Sævarsson, Ari Skulason and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson all on yellows.

BREAKING: Lars Lagerback kept with the same XI throughout the group stages; the smart money is on him doing the same again tonight.

Iceland team to face England: Halldórsson; Sævarsson, Árnason, R Sigurdsson, Skúlason; Gudmundsson, Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthórsson, Bödvarsson

England team to face Iceland: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose, Dier, Rooney, Alli, Sterling, Sturridge, Kane

BREAKING: Raheem Sterling returns to the England XI against Iceland. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and captain Wayne Rooney also return.

Team news: England

Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Wayne Rooney were all rested in the final group game against Slovakia, a decision that inevitably saw Hodgson widely condemned after a stale goalless draw. All six are expected to return to the starting XI with Kane likely to return at centre-forward, despite a rather dispiriting campaign from him so far.

After a ground-shaking few days back home, England have their own Sterling crisis to contend with in France.

Claims that Roy Hodgson is ready to recall Raheem Sterling in place of Adam Lallana for tonight's contest have provided all the pre-match fume. The Manchester City starlet provided a rather hit and miss performance in England's opener against Russia but a lacklustre outing against Wales where he was replaced at half-time saw him become public enemy no. 1 in the England camp.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling did not feature in the stalemate with Slovakia but could return to play on the left of a front three tonight in place of Lallana, who has been one of England's brighter outlets in attack.

You don't need us to tell you England struggle in the knock-out stages of international competitions. But the depth of those woes makes for staggering reading. England have not won a knock-out match in a European Championship in 20 years. They haven't won a knock-out match in a European Championship that wasn't on home soil since 1968. Including World Cups, England have only won six matches in the knock-out stages of major international competitions since lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.

England's perpetual disappointment over the years has seen expectations tempered more and more with each competition. A second place finish to Wales in Group A was not part of that trend, however, and frustration borne out of the goalless draw to Slovakia a week ago today has seen more and more questions asked of Roy Hodgson's future.

Elimination to competition debutants Iceland this evening will surely mean the end for him. Many fans will have been relieved to avoid Portugal in the last 16 stage, a scenario which unfolded after Arnor Ingvi Traustason's last minute winner against Austria in a result set up tonight's contest. Blind optimism will do supporters no favours, however.

Immediately after that match, joint-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson had a warning for England. You know nothing about usm but we know everything about you. The side who have a population the size of Leicester back home,= are remarkably well-drilled and highly motivated. Write them off at your peril.