The good, the bad and the ugly - how England's players rated against Iceland
AS everyone is surely aware by now, England's players suffered a humiliating exit from Euro 2016 on Monday night when they lost out to rtank outsiders Iceland in the last 16.
While their Scanadanavian opponents can now look forward to a quarater-final showdown with hosts France, England’s heavily criticised players and now former manager Roy Hodgson are on a plane back to the UK.
Some media outlets have already proved scathing in their criticism of the England players who played last night - one national newspaper even giving every single member of the starting line-up 0 out of 10.
They’re clearly not expected to receive a warm reception on their return but, as if you need reminding, here are how they rated - according to a straw poll at YPN Towers - in last night’s memorable, for all the wrong reasons, encounter.
Feel free to add your own ratings and thoughts in the comments section below. And try to keep it clean ....
JOE HART: Not for the first time in this tournament, England’s number one was embarrassed - this time by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson as Iceland took a shock first-half lead. It was the goal that proved decisive - 3
KYLE WALKER: Restored to the team after being rested for the final group game against Slovakia - but he was a shadow of that player and guilty of switching off for the equalising goal - 4
GARY CAHILL: Did his best to keep the Icelandic forward line at bay but looked overrawed at times and lacked the leadership qualities required from the team’s most senior defender - 4
CHRIS SMALLING: The impressive Manchester United centre-back struggled in Nice but was by no means the worst offender - 4
DANNY ROSE: Like Walker was also restored after being rested, but as with his Tottenham team-mate on the opposite side of the pitch, was unable to play with the freedom displayed in the first two group matches - 5
ERIC DIER: One of four England players to start all four matches so far and a key member of the line-up. But he proved wanting last night and was guilty of a number of poor passes - 4
DELE ALLI: Restored to the starting line-up and came close to scoring. but, again, went missing when it mattered and never produced what people know he is capable of in the Premier League - 5
WAYNE ROONEY: Having impressed previously in the tournament, England’s all-time top goalscorer and captain produced a poor display in Nice. At times, his passing was all over the place - 3
RAHEEM STERLING: Questions over form and mindset were ignored by Hodgson, but aside from some early forays down the left wing and winning the penalty, he did precious little else - 4
HARRY KANE: Looked leggy in the opening two matches and fared little better against Iceland, getting away efforts without too much conviction, including a truly appalling couple of free-kicks - 4
DANIEL STURRIDGE: Preferred on the right of the front three ahead of Adam Lallana, he threatened at times but, like the rest of the strikers, struggled to make an impact and showed signs of petulance that have no place in the national team - 4
JACK WILSHERE (for Dier, 45): A surprising half-time move that had precious little impact - 4
JAMIE VARDY (for Sterling, 60): An inspired substitute against Wales, the Leicester striker was unable to unsettle the Iceland backline - 5
MARCUS RASHFORD (for Rooney, 86): Brought on as a last roll of the dice but did not have the chance to make an impact - 6
MANAGER - Roy Hodgson - Got his tactics and selection woefully wrong and ducked out of what would no doubt have been plenty of harsh questions in the post-match press conference - 1