The Latest: Roy Hodgson steps down as England coach
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):
Roy Hodgson says England needs a new coach following its elimination from the European Championship.
Hodgson’s four-year contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament, which has ended in the round of 16 after losing to Iceland.
Hodgson says “I would have loved to stay on another two years, however I’m pragmatic and know that we’re in the results business.”
He adds his contract “was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have been fantastic and they have done everything that has been asked of them.”
Iceland pulled off one the biggest shocks in European Championship history, beating England 2-1 and advancing to the quarterfinals at Euro 2016.
England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation after taking the lead in the fourth minute when Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot.
Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson took advantage of defensive shortcomings to give Iceland the lead by the 18th minute, and their teammates defended superbly to earn the biggest win their history.
The country of 330,000 people next will play host nation France in Saint-Denis on Sunday, while England heads home early again for another post-tournament inquest.
The English haven’t won a match in the knockout stage of a major tournament since 2006.
Iceland has taken an unlikely 2-1 halftime lead over England in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
England went ahead in the fourth minute when Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.
But Iceland capitalized on England’s defensive shortcomings, equalizing in the sixth when Kari Arnason flicked on a long throw and Ragnar Sigurdsson volleyed in at the back post.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was then given time and space to shoot from just inside the area in the 18th. England goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand to the shot but couldn’t keep it out.
Iceland is the smallest nation ever to appear at a European Championship.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored from the edge of the penalty area after England goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand on the shot but couldn’t stop it from rolling slowly over the line.
Iceland leads England 2-1.
GOAL: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scores for Iceland in the 18th minute. Iceland leads England 2-1.
Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot to give England the lead, and Ragnar Sigurdsson equalized for Iceland from close range moments later.
Rooney sent his fourth-minute penalty low and hard to the right of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. The penalty was awarded after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Halldorsson.
Sigurdsson equalized in the sixth minute after Kari Arnason flicked on a long throw.
England and Iceland are tied 1-1.
GOAL: Ragnar Sigurdsson scores for Iceland in the sixth minute. Iceland is tied with England 1-1.
GOAL: Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot for England in the fourth minute. England leads Iceland 1-0.
England selected an attacking trio of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge for its match against Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
England coach Roy Hodgson has been searching for the right balance up front all tournament. Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana are the players to miss out, with Kane and Sterling recalled despite struggling for form in France.
Full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, captain Wayne Rooney and attacking midfielder Dele Alli also return after being substitutes in England’s last group game, the 0-0 draw against Slovakia.
Iceland is unchanged from the 2-1 win over Austria that clinched qualification to the knockout stage.
Here are the lineups for the match between England and Iceland in Nice:
England: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Eric Dier, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge.
Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ari Skulason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Aron Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Italy has ended Spain’s European Championship reign, beating the two-time defending champions 2-0 in the round of 16.
Giorgio Chiellini poked the ball into the net from close range in the 33rd minute after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea first parried Eder’s free kick, then blocked Emanuele Giaccherini’s follow up from the rebound.
Graziano Pelle added the second in injury time.
De Gea made four quality saves to keep his team in the game at Stade de France. In the first half, he denied Pelle and Giaccherini with diving saves to his left. De Gea blocked Eder’s shot from a one-on-one chance in the 55th.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon preserved the lead in the 89th with a diving save low to his right to push away Gerard Pique’s shot.
Italy will next play Germany in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Bordeaux.
GOAL: Graziano Pelle scores for Italy in stoppage time. Italy leads Spain 2-0.
Giorgio Chiellini scored from close range in the 33rd minute to give Italy a 1-0 halftime lead over Spain.
Chiellini scored after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea parried Eder’s free kick. Emanuele Giaccherini directed the rebound first across the goalmouth and Chiellini poked the ball into the net.
De Gea made two good saves early in the game as Spain made a slow start in heavy rain at the Stade de France.
First, he dived low to push Graziano Pelle’s eighth-minute header to safety. When Giaccherini tried an overhead bicycle kick in the 11th, De Gea again dived to his left to push the ball against a post.
Spain settled into the game when the sun came out midway through the half but struggled to create chances.
The winner will play Germany in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Bordeaux.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini ran in to poke the ball into the net after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea first saved Eder’s free kick. Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini got to the rebound first and directed it to Chiellini in the goalmouth.
GOAL: Giorgio Chiellini scores for Italy in the 33rd minute. Italy leads Spain 1-0.
The match between Italy and Spain at the European Championship is one for the veterans.
Six players in the starting lineups have made more than 100 international appearances. And on the Spain bench is goalkeeper Iker Casillas, whose 167 caps is the most of all.
Gianluigi Buffon, making his 159th appearance in Italy’s goal, is joined by midfielder Daniele De Rossi (106) in the centurion club. Spain has defender Sergio Ramos (135), midfielders Andres Iniesta (112) and Cesc Fabregas (110), and forward David Silva (103).
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will use the same starting lineup for the fourth straight time when his team faces Italy in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
The coach didn’t make any changes despite losing to Croatia 2-1 in Spain’s final group game, a result that set up the early encounter with the Italians.
Italy coach Antonio Conte is using his regular starters again after resting them in the final group game against Ireland. He won’t be able to count on winger Antonio Candreva, who is being replaced by Mattia de Sciglio at Stade de France.
Here are the lineups for the match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France:
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Parolo, Daniele De Rossi, Emanuele Giaccherini, Mattia de Sciglio, Graziano Pelle, Eder.
Spain: David De Gea, Juanfran Torres, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata.
UEFA will take no action against the Portuguese soccer federation for a fan running across the field to take a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The man evaded security lines to run across half the field from behind one goal at Parc des Princes after Portugal drew 0-0 with Austria on June 18. He found Ronaldo near the halfway line, and the Portugal forward gestured to security officials to stay back until the picture was taken.
UEFA says it “decided to close the proceedings” which had been opened against the Portuguese body for a “field invasion.”
UEFA rules make federations responsible for fans’ behavior fans inside a stadium.
On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship.
In tournament soccer where a team’s matches typically come every four days, France’s schedule is more like a club team.
On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its group. That earned France a match against Ireland in the round of 16 exactly one week later. The hosts won 2-1. Next Sunday, France will return to Stade de France for a quarterfinal match against either England or Iceland.