Spurs are biggest losers but West Ham the real winners after England's embarrassing Euro 2016 exit

England head coach Roy Hodgson

If Tottenham Hotspur were the biggest losers then West Ham United were the biggest winners after England were sent packing from Euro 2016.

England head coach Roy HodgsonEngland head coach Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson resigned after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in what goes down as one of the most embarrassing nights in English football history.

England limped into the last 16 after toiling to a second place finish in the group stages behind Wales.

That failure saw them entered into the perceived tougher side of the draw where it looked like they would face Portugal until a late goal from Iceland in their last group game.

But it only provided the platform for the Three Lions to truly embarrass a nation against one of the minnows of international football.

West Ham fansWest Ham fans

Hodgson failure proves Hammers right?

One thing it has done, though, is prove Hodgson could have done a lot worse than listen to the advice of West Ham fans and several pundits when it came to his squad selection.

Not a single Hammers player made the cut despite recording their best ever Premier League points tally last season and mounting a genuine challenge for Champions League football.

While the East Londoners have a number of players who staked a strong claim for inclusion by the Three Lions boss, none were deemed up to the task by the former Fulham boss.

Hammers fans did not take kindly to Hodgson's blind spot for their club.

England's Harry Kane looks dejectedEngland's Harry Kane looks dejected

West Ham blind spot was Spurs hot spot

It did not help that Hodgson decided to include a host of players from West Ham's bitter rivals Spurs in the team, with the likes of Harry Kane wildly underperforming throughout.

It was felt skipper Mark Noble - who has been compared to Spain great Iniesta by David James - was worthy of a place in the squad as stats showed he outperformed every other England squad midfielder in key areas while Aaron Cresswell was the outstanding English left back in the top flight last season.

Then there was Michail Antonio who could have been a revelation for Hodgson's side in France with his pace, power, energy, skill, workrate and finishing prowess.

Antonio ended the season with 15 goals and assists for West Ham - despite only beginning his Hammers career halfway through the season. And the versatile powerhouse has also been deployed as a makeshift right back for much of that time.

He was five clear of Liverpool's Adam Lallana (10), Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (9), Red Devils youngster Marcus Rashford (6) and relegated Magpies winger Andros Townsend (6).

West Ham's Andy CarrollWest Ham's Andy Carroll

'Crying out for Carroll'

And what of Andy Carroll? Just last week former England boss Glenn Hoddle criticised Hodgson for not bringing the big target man with him to the Euros.

England spent most of their time taking pot shots from distance, wasting set pieces or lobbing long balls up to the ineffective Harry Kane during their time in France.

Everyone could see the Three Lions were crying out for someone like Carroll, after all almost every nation at the Euros had at least one big target man in their side, many to great effect.

Those Hammers have become even better players without kicking a ball in anger this summer.

Many of the club's fans are delighted to see the back of Hodgson.

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