England are out of Euro 2016 after losing 2-1 to Iceland, a country only marginally more populated than Wakefield, in the round of 16.
Roy Hodgson fell on his sword after the humiliation, with Gareth Southgate the 2/1 favourite to replace him, but the 68-year-old isn’t the only person who should face the consequences of the embarrassing setback.
The players out on the pitch have to take a large portion of the blame and it is time to move some of them on and let the Three Lions rebuild.
Here are three starters who should be taken out of the team and replaced:
The goalkeeper was at fault for half of the goals conceded by the side at Euro 2016 and this is simply unacceptable.
A stopper with his reputation should have done more than limply get a hand to the strikes from Gareth Bale and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, while there are a number of quality replacements waiting in the wings.
Fraser Forster collected six consecutive clean sheets when he returned from injury for Southampton last term.
Similarly, Jack Butland was Stoke City’s Player of the Year, receiving the award in an impressive campaign for the young keeper.
Indeed, the 23-year-old averaged more saves per game (3.3) than any other English goalie to make more than ten Premier League appearances in 2015/16.
For all the blame that Hart deserves, he wasn’t helped out by the performances of the men in front of him.
Cahill failed to close down for Iceland’s second goal and, having been at least partly culpable for successive early exits from tournaments, it’s probably time for the Chelsea man to call time on his England career.
Finding a new centre back to form a long-term partnership with Chris Smalling would be much more beneficial for the Three Lions moving forward, rather than sticking with someone who might not even be first choice at Stamford Bridge any longer.
There are a number of suitable candidates in the top flight who have never really been seriously considered and that needs to change.
Scott Dann has never played for England, with the national setup ignoring his exploits with Crystal Palace, while Ryan Shawcross, who has played consistently in the Premier League for eight seasons, only has one cap.
The England captain was shoehorned into midfield due to his reputation, with Hodgson clearly feeling that he couldn’t drop the Manchester United man.
Rooney is not a natural midfielder and had a worse pass success rate than Dele Alli and Eric Dier in the loss to Iceland, managing to connect with 85% of his attempts, with Jack Wilshere matching him.
You might argue that this was because the skipper’s passing was more ambitious as there was greater pressure on him to unlock the defence, but Alli and Wilshere beat him for key passes too.
No longer having to accommodate the 30-year-old would allow whoever comes in to work out a system that gets the best out of promising young players such as Alli, Dier, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.
The former Everton forward has represented the Three Lions in six major tournaments, with the side never getting beyond the quarter finals in that run and now is the perfect time for him to move on as these talented youngsters progress.