England were scared to death after Iceland defeat: FA chief Greg Dyke
Outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anybody would want the England job — and claimed the players were "scared to death" in the defeat to Iceland
London: Outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anybody would want the England job — and claimed the players were "scared to death" in the defeat to Iceland.
FA chairman Greg Dyke
England's performance in Nice was almost as depressing as the dearth of options to succeed the 68-year-old, a decision Dyke appears relieved not to be a part of — he leaves the FA next month.
"It's got to be somebody who really knows English football," he said, as reported by The Guardian.
"But there are loads of them now, more of them than there are English. "You need someone who knows about English football. But Martin Glenn, FA chief executive) made clear you go for the best person. The harder question is why anybody would want it. I met Glenn Hoddle on the plane on the way back, and he said (they were) scared to death," Dyke added.
England's Harry Kane (left) reacts as Marcus Rashford looks on during the Euro 2016 match vs Iceland in Nice on Monday. Pic/Getty Images
"Once you go 2-1 down, the longer it went on, the more scared they were. They brought on (Marcus) Rashford, who's 19, he's got nothing to lose, he wasn't scared at all.
"He was on for five minutes, he went past him three times. Once he lost the ball but twice he went through. They were just scared. It's the same in all sport. Really talented sportsmen can just freeze. That's what happens."