EURO 2016

Video - Roy Hodgson's rapid resignation as England manager

EURO 2016By Sunday World
Hodgson wasted no time in resigning
Hodgson wasted no time in resigning

Roy Hodgson has quit as England boss following his side's shock Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, with the Football Association backing the outgoing manager's decision and pledging to discuss the next steps imminently.

Having arrived in France among the favourites following a 100 per cent qualifying record, falling at the last-16 hurdle to Iceland ranks alongside the 1950 World Cup exit to the United States in the embarrassment stakes.

Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute penalty proved to be a false dawn as Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson capitalised on errors to secure the smallest nation to ever grace a major tournament a well-deserved 2-1 victory in Nice.

Iceland's historic win led to Hodgson to announce his resignation 20 minutes after the final whistle, the 68-year-old reading a statement at the post-match press conference.

Hodgson did not take any questions from reporters, only reading the statement it is believed was composed in the dressing room after the final whistle.

Before coming to speak to the media, Hodgson, Lewington and Neville spoke to the players, as well as telling FA chief executive Martin Glenn and technical director Dan Ashworth of their plans.

The country's governing body backed that decision in a statement released shortly after the press conference.

"Like the nation, we are disappointed to lose this evening and that our run in this tournament has come to a premature end," the FA statement read.

"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."