Hodgson discusses whether the Brexit has impacted the England squad

England News Conference - EURO 2016

England are preparing to play their first fixture since the UK voted to leave the EU, when they take on Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championships.

England News Conference - EURO 2016England News Conference - EURO 2016

England manager Roy Hodgson has given the slightest peak into how the nation's top football players have voted in and reacted to the Brexit, in comments given to the press ahead of the match against Iceland, and reported by ITV.

The UK itself is still coming to terms with a referendum result that neither the leave or remain campaigners seemed particularly prepared for.

But though the England boss is representing one of the nations of the UK, he wasn't prepared to go too in depth in to how the squad and the England camp in general had been influenced by the last few days back home, even though he did reveal that the players did manage to vote.

"As far as 'Brexit' is concerned, that's of great interest to the nation, but as far as we're concerned our concentration has just been about football," Hodgson is quoted as saying by ITV.

England head coach Roy Hodgson with assistant coach Ray Lewington and coach Gary Neville before the matchEngland head coach Roy Hodgson with assistant coach Ray Lewington and coach Gary Neville

"We voted when we could, we had our say, and our nation had its say.

"We will live with that. But it hasn't affected our preparations for this game. We have to accept that, back home, a major decision was taken which we'll deal with when we return."

With the economic fallout from the result seemingly drastic and it unclear just what kind of long term financial effects the country, its football clubs, and the players featuring for those clubs will have to deal with in the future, it is refreshing that Hodgson is adamant that all in France are focused purely on performing well at the European Championships.

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Naturally, most of the staff and squad will have been eager onlookers in France, but surely they will want to continue to make an impression on the rest of tournament, staving off the inevitable headlines that will appear should they exit.

If England do make it past Iceland they could well end up facing three major European countries on the way to the final, with hosts France waiting in the quarter-finals, the possibility of Germany in the semi-finals, and Belgium looking strong in the other half of the draw and capable of making it all the way to the final.

Though it is a little presumptuous to look that far ahead, it would certainly be somewhat ironic if England, or indeed Wales, went all the way in the European Championships the summer the UK decided to leave the European Union.

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