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What did the England squad look like in the first game after the Euro 2016 disaster?

This was a time before England had ever won a World Cup penalty shootout

The defeat to Iceland in Nice set in motion a sequence of events that would eventually see England lead 1-0 in a World Cup semi final.

If you predicted that humiliation at the hands of a country the size Coventry would have led to this congratulations.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing in between.

Dark days

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Dark days

Roy Hodgson announced his resignation in the press conference immediately after the game, swallowing the bullet for another embarrassing international tournament for the Three Lions.

Many thought it would signal a new era for England with a new manager coming in to take an exciting group of players through to the World Cup 2018.

Little did we know that within weeks the FA would be appointing Sam Allardyce to the role and prolong the process for another three months.


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Management powerhouse trio

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Management powerhouse trio

With Gareth Southgate announcing his first England squad after a joyous World Cup today, we thought we would take a look at the first England squad after that disastrous Euros campaign – it turned out to be Allardyce’s first and only England squad.

The XI that faced Iceland was as thus: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane.

The rest of the squad included: Jack Wilshere, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Fraser Forster, Jordan Henderson, John Stones, Ross Barkley, Ryan Bertrand and Tom Heaton.

Fines for passing the ball on the floor

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Fines for passing the ball on the floor

Obviously with the impending sense of doom that something could go terribly wrong for him, Big Sam wanted to put his stamp on the squad early doors for their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

He promoted Lallana, Henderson and Stones to the first team in place of Sturridge, Alli and Smalling.

And dropped Wilshere, Milner, Forster, Barkley and Bertrand from the squad altogether to replace them with a mixed bunch of England players.

Southampton’s Alex McCarthy was brought in to replace the injured Forster, Walcott came in for Wilshere and Danny Drinkwater was brought back into the squad having missed out on the Euros and Jagielka joined the squad as Allardici’s experienced pro.

The biggest shock was to see him hand a debut call-up to West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

The team beat Slovakia 1-0 thanks to an injury time winner from Lallana – one of Big Sam’s decisions paying off.

However, we never got the chance to see if Allardyce would be a brilliant national team manager as he was forced to resign after allegations of malpractice.

Fortunately enough this polite young chap named Southgate took the reins and went on to win the 2022 and 2026 World Cups.


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