“I don’t really know what I am doing here,” began Roy Hodgson, with a statement that could have been uncharitably interpreted in a number of ways, in a terse Chantilly press conference following England‘s 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
The night before, Hodgson had resigned quicker than a junior tabloid hack could browse through the ‘Lists of towns and cities in England by population’ Wikipedia page to find one comparable to Iceland – Cardiff, Coventry and Bradford, if you were wondering – following 90 humiliating minutes that brought another meaning to “a new low”.
This was an era in which expectations had been curbed after the last embers of ‘the Golden Generation’ had fizzled away, and yet the Three Lions found new and incredible ways to disappoint.
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