England's Joe Hart: 'I have to take some responsibility'

Monday 27 Jun 2016
Joe Hart is dejected after the defeat to Iceland

Joe Hart admitted he and the rest of the players take full responsibility for England's Euro 2016 exit. 

The Three Lions suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland in the first knock-out stage to end their stay in France on Monday evening.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring with a fourth minute penalty but Lars Lagerback's men drew level two minutes later through Ragnar Sigurdsson. 

England 1-2 Iceland

UEFA Euro 2016
Round of 16
Monday 27 June 2016
Stade de Nice, France
Live on ITV

And Hart claimed he was at fault for the 18th-minute effort which ended England's European Championship bid when he let Jolbeinn Sigthorsson's shot slip through his grasp.

Hart said: "We’re going to have to take some responsibility and me personally, I have to take some responsibility because I should be saving at least two goals that have happened in this tournament. The one tonight put us in a bad situation and we weren’t able to recover from it.

"As a group it’s down to us. All the plans are put in place – we knew everything about them that we needed to. Ultimately we didn’t perform. I didn’t perform personally to the level that’s required to push through to the quarter-finals."

He added: "There’s nothing we wanted more than to have done well in this tournament but they’re just words and I said that before the tournament – they’re just words. 

"We were in a good place – we’ve been in a good place in a lot of tournaments I’ve gone to but we haven’t ultimately done it so we’re going to get a lot of flak for it and we deserve it. 

"It’s about growing as players – a lot of young players will learn from this and hopefully learn from it quickly and try and bring English football back to where it belongs but right now we’ve put it at a low point and we’re going to have to take that.

"We win and lose as a group, we’re together as a unit and we’ve worked hard ultimately with no success so that’s how this team’s going to be remembered at the moment. It’s going to be down to digging deep and going again and trying to build something new."

By FA Staff