The media demanded that Roy Hodgson meet the press with more than a prepared statement following England’s 2-1 ouster at the hands of Iceland at EURO 2016.
He did that Tuesday morning, admitting that he didn’t know why he was there other than to “take the slings and arrows”.
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Defiant, Hodgson said he was not forced to attend the press conference and did it because he’s not a man who wants to be perceived as shirking responsibility. He says he has no complaints with how he was treated in the press.
And he also admitted that he was shocked at how poor his side performed in Monday’s loss, saying they weren’t ruthless all tournament long.
“I’m disappointed. I didn’t see it coming. I had no indication that we were going to play that badly.
“I’m still recovering from what happened. It was not a good night for anybody.
“We go home as losers in the last 16 and retain that wretched record of not winning a knock-out game in the tournament.”
Thankfully, English FA chief executive Martin Glenn was sure to address Hodgson publicly and laud him for his work with the team, as this could’ve been Hodgson on his own taking punches.
Certainly his side disappointed, but England blazed through qualifying as expected and Hodgson conducted himself with class as boss of his home nation. Surely the English fans are stung, but Hodgson showed integrity on Tuesday even if he was “unsure” why he was there.