England’s shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands Iceland suggests that the British government isn’t the only national institution threatened with a leadership vacuum.
Roy Hodgson’s post-match resignation leaves the FA searching for a successor, with former skipper Alan Shearer already throwing his name into the hat.
But the national team’s crisis of authority goes beyond the dugout after another characterless display from their Premier League superstars.
Former winger Chris Waddle says: “We haven’t got leaders. They’re all pampered, they’re all just headphones. They don’t communicate.
“You can’t get anything out of them. That’s why we’re no good.”
Hodgson’s players wilted after falling 2-1 behind, struggling to string passes together and failing to master basic techniques as the realisation of their impending exit dawned on them.
Captain Wayne Rooney appeared to shrink on the day he equalled David Beckham’s record as England’s most-capped outfield player and was ultimately replaced by teenager Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford.
Former England defender Lee Dixon says: “Normally, you might look at Rooney as the talisman of the team and he steps up to do something, as the character he is, with the amount of caps he has.
“But in the second half, I almost felt sorry [for him], everything he did seemed to come off his shin, everything went wrong for him.”
Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said beating England was easier than expected.
He said: “I didn’t think the English put us under so much pressure.”
Man-of-the-match Rangar Sigurdsson, who cancelled out Rooney’s penalty goal before going on to win 2-1, says England underestimated them.
He adds: “They thought this would be a walk in the park.
“They started very well and with great power, but they were shocked by the equaliser and the 2-1 goal.
“They panicked, though they’re a good team. As you know, it’s difficult to score goals against Iceland.”