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Roy Hodgson’s sickly imitation of old values leads to England’s uber-loss | Barney Ronay

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:33
The departed manager’s team were beaten by a more vibrant shadow version of themselves after another shuffling of non-specific parts into non-specific roles

Pack away the flags. Put the song-sheet down. After two strangulated, ultimately hysterical weeks in France it really is time to go home. It was not just England’s tournament that ended at the Stade de Nice with this stunning last-16 defeat by Iceland, a nation the size of the London Borough of Lewisham. At the final whistle a wider full stop arrived with Roy Hodgson’s resignation after four years in the job, capped at the last by one of the great English sporting failures, defeat so abject it qualifies as a kind of uber-loss, humiliation that will sting even through the scar tissue of all that accumulated tournament failure.

Hodgson had to go. And he duly went, handing in his blazer and badge with a brief statement in the media room here. There is an element of sadness to every ending, even one as hapless as this. Above all there was a horrible, bruising grandeur to this exit, an instructive kind of poetry.

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Josep Gombau returns to Australia as new Olyroos coach

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:27
  • Former Adelaide United coach takes control of Australia Under-23 team
  • Spaniard replaces Aurelio Vidmar after unsuccessful Olympics tilt

Josep Gombau has been announced as the new coach of the Olyroos and will also take up a role on Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos coaching staff.

The Spaniard, who made a big impression during his A-League stint as Adelaide United coach, takes over the Australian under-23 team after Aurelio Vidmar was axed in March in the wake of a failed Rio Olympics qualifying campaign.

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'Worst England performance I've seen' - read and watch the pundits' verdicts

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:20
Former captain Alan Shearer says England were out-fought, out-thought and out-battled in their "embarrassing" Euro 2016 loss to Iceland.

Sam Stosur to face Sabine Lisicki after first round Wimbledon win

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:00
  • Sam Stosur beat Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3
  • Kei Nishikori beat Sam Groth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Samantha Stosur is pledging to “fight fire with fire” when her Wimbledon hopes go on the line against explosive German Sabine Lisicki on Wednesday.

Stosur is bracing for a torrid encounter against the former finalist and owner of the fastest record serve in women’s tennis history.

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Iceland stun England as Euro dream continues

Stabroek - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:44
NICE, France, (Reuters) – Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history when they stunned abject England 2-1 on Monday, leading Roy Hodgson to quit and sending...

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Jason Holder breaks into one-day top 20

Stabroek - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:40
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Captain Jason Holder has broken into the top 20 of the One-Day International rankings for the first time in his career, following strong performances during the...

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EU hands over $2b, coastal engineering design manual

Stabroek - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:27
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, today (right) received a final copy of the Coastal Engineering Design Manual for the Guyana Sea and River Defences from European Union (EU)...

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England iced! – Euro 2016 Football Daily

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:26

England humiliated by Iceland as Italy send Spain packing

After the tumult of the past few days, a simple mathematical equation:

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Robbie Keane and Shay Given symbolise Ireland’s changing of the guard

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:02
Exit from Euro 2016 is expected to bring retirement for a number of Republic of Ireland stalwarts after a new generation of players came of age in France

At full time in Lyon, as the Republic of Ireland players made their way to the green corner of the stadium amid the tears and cheers after the 2-1 defeat to France on Sunday, it was hard not to ignore the symbolism of Shay Given and Robbie Keane, arms around each other, bidding farewell.

This may have been the tournament where a new generation of Republic of Ireland players came of age but Euro 2016 has also ushered out some of the nation’s greatest names.

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Rio 2016 boss: Zika 'blown out of proportion'

BBC - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:55
The CEO of the 2016 Olympics has addressed concerns about Zika, the economy and the impact of the games on Brazil.

'Inept, embarrassing, horrible' - BBC pundits on England exit

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:54
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas reflect on the loss to Iceland, which Shearer says is "the worst performance I have seen from England".

‘You can go out of Europe’: Iceland commentator savours win over England

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:47
• Gudmundur Benediktsson shows emotion after historic victory in Nice
• ‘We are never going home! Never wake me from this amazing dream’

He may have being sacked from his day job on Sunday but Gudmundur Benediktsson probably does not care much now.

After delivering one of the most memorable passages of commentary in Iceland’s victory against Austria last week, Benediktsson was informed by KR Reykjavik that his services were no longer required. But that did not stop the 41-year-old from taking up his position for the last-16 tie against England, with his reaction to what turned out to be Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s winning goal proving just as memorable.

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Euro 2016: England 1-2 Iceland - Defeat is England's lowest point - Joe Hart

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:29
England keeper Joe Hart and captain Wayne Rooney say the 2-1 defeat by Iceland is the "lowest point" they have had for their country.

England 1-2 Iceland: five talking points from the Euro 2016 last-16 tie | Dominic Fifield

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:25
Whoever becomes England’s next manager will inherit a squad who must take a hard look at themselves after a naive display riddled with defensive frailties

Roy Hodgson wasted no time after the match in confirming he would be leaving his position, all hope of a new contract having been wrecked by Iceland, though quite where the Football Association goes in search of a successor is a mystery. Gary Neville, sitting beside the outgoing manager, tendered his own resignation here. Gareth Southgate, some bookies’ favourite for the role, cannot simply lean on success in the Toulon Under-21 tournament earlier this summer as reason to be given the job. Dan Ashworth, the FA’s director of elite development, may have to look abroad for a successor of any real weight, though England have been down that road before, and memories of Fabio Capello linger. Hodgson spoke of promise and progress and he did bring through younger players into the setup. Whoever his successor turns out to be has a promising squad with which to work. But recovering from this humiliation may take some time.

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'Nervous, unsettled, poor' - how England's players rated

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:20
England go out and Roy Hodgson steps down - but how did the players rate in their embarrassing loss to Iceland?

Euro 2016: Roy Hodgson resigns after England lose to Iceland – video

Guardian Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:12

The England manager has resigned following the team’s shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland in their Euro 2016 last-16 tie on Monday evening. Hodgson announced his resignation in a press conference following the game, in which he thanked the players and the media, and called his four-year tenure a ‘fantastic journey’

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Former Chile officer found liable for Victor Jara death

BBC - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:01
A Florida court finds a former officer in the Chilean army liable for the murder of the folk singer and activist Victor Jara under Pinochet.

Watch Hodgson's resignation statement in full

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 17:34
Watch Roy Hodgson's full statement as he resigns as England manager after a shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Euro 2016: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson gives Iceland a 2-1 lead against England

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 17:30
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson slots home past Joe Hart to give Iceland a 2-1 lead against England in their last-16 tie at Euro 2016.

Euro 2016: England 1-2 Iceland highlights

BBC Sport - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 17:30
England suffer a humiliating exit from Euro 2016 as they lose 2-1 to minnows Iceland, who will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.