Just days after Britons had voted to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, England's footballers managed to deliver a European exit of their own in Nice almost as stunning.

Fans leaving the stadium in Nice appeared dazed. "We're a country of about 60 million," one said, "and that's the best we can do? It's a joke."

Some observers said this was England's worse result since losing to the United States in the World Cup in 1950, while others pointed to their thrashing by Hungary in 1954. All agreed one thing though -- this was very bad, and gallows humour was flooding the internet almost instantly.

A joke immediately spread about a petition being set up to have the match replayed, referring to the petition more than 2.4 million Britons have signed on parliament's website calling for a second EU referendum. Many jokers were suggesting Roy Hodgson should take over from the outgoing David Cameron as Britain's Prime Minister 'as he would be the perfect man to lead the country out of Europe'.

Just as Cameron said he would step down following the Brexit vote, Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of England's defeat, saying his contract was always going to be up at the end of the tournament.

"The worst defeat in our history," tweeted former striker Gary Lineker.

"England beaten by a country with more volcanoes than professional footballers. Well played, Iceland." That England had started so well against the nation of 330,000 made the defeat more painful.

Wayne Rooney had put England ahead with a fourth-minute penalty, but Iceland equalised two minutes later then took a lead they would never relinquish against a toothless England attack. Linker was joined by a number of former England players in eviscerating Hodgson's players.

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