Wednesday 24 January 2018 / 04:43 PM


England suffered a crushing defeat to minnows Iceland in the Round of 16 of the Euros, and this loss has sparked the usual furore that occurs when the Three Lions slide out of a major tournament.

Fans, pundits and former players alike have ridiculed the side and their performance.

But this devastating loss is the earth-shattering result for English football the masses are proclaiming it is.

There are a few reasons why.

The majority of this squad who flew through their qualification rounds have their best footballing years in front of them.

The Tottenham core of Dele Alli (20), Eric Dier(22) and Harry Kane (22) will play a vital role in upcoming tournaments.

If Spurs can manage to keep these three together for a few more seasons, the FA will be indebted to the North London club. The ability to play week in, week out with each other can create the vital chemistry needed to win major international tournaments.

There is also the case of Marcus Rashford, the 18-year-old forward from Manchester United who has shown his class in his first season in the Premier League and his appearances in international fixtures.

Rashford brings the ability to beat defenders with both pace and skill, and having him play alongside Kane can give England a varied attack that will push rival defences.

The fallout from the 2-1 defeat to Iceland has led to a clear-out of England’s coaching and management staff.

The man who oversaw the Euro 2016 Campaign was Roy Hodgson, and the majority of fans have been uninspired by this choice of manager for the last few years.

The sidekick to Hodgson was Manchester United great Gary Neville.

Neville has struggled in the last six months, losing his job with Valencia in La Liga and now his position in the England set-up.

While I believe Neville still has the ability to coach England to success, he certainly needs to have some time away from the international side after this terrible campaign.

The man who should take charge of the English side is the most successful manager in Premier League history, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson is a proven winner and could work alongside younger English managers such as Neville, Eddie Howe and Gareth Southgate.

Finally, Brexit.

Brexit could bring the changes to the Premier League that will result in an improvement in the national side.

Currently, the Home Office’s rules require players to have a certain number of international caps to qualify to play in the Premier League.

Had this rule been in place at the start of the season, we would not have seen players such as N’Golo Kante, Anthony Martial and Dimitri Payet in the Premier League.

This makes English players a much higher priority and could have a knock-on effect where more English players are getting match time in the Premier League.

If you look believe the UK press, then yes, you’ll be led to believe this seems like the death of English Football. But the hysteria is an overreaction – the future is not as bleak as it may appear.

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Brisbane-based Mitchell arrived at CBS in 2016 to bolster the site’s football and cricket coverage.

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