Dejected Three Lions players trudged off their specially-chartered aircraft at Luton Airport as they prepare to be reunited with their friends and families.

Earlier on Tuesday Hodgson faced the media for the final time as England boss, denying reports of a player revolt and refusing to be drawn on questions of regret over team selection and tactics.

Wayne Rooney's penalty was cancelled out by a double before the break and England could not find a way back into the game despite large spells of possession.

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Hodgson offered an apology to the supporters who spent thousands of pounds travelling to France only to be let down by a lacklustre performance on Monday.

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The club's nickname, "the Hatters", reflects Luton's historical connection with the hat making trade, which has been prominent there since the 17th century.[59][60] The nickname was originally a variant on the now rarely seen straw-plaiters. Supporters of the club are also called Hatters.[61]

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“And I’m here to thank you because in the four years, I’ve been fairly treated and have no complaints.”

Director Gary Sweet says promotion from the Conference Premier could start Luton Town's resurgence to the Premier League.

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“I maintain I’m unhappy as it’s no longer my job and so much is going to be written that nothing I can say will do anything other than fuel the flames and I have no magic answer.

Private hire cars were on hand for each of the players as they were given their own personal ride back home.

The northern-based players also touched down in Manchester later on Tuesday.

Luton's highest home attendances are 30,069 against Blackpool in the FA Cup on 4 March 1959[111][112] and 27,911 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the First Division on 5 November 1955.[113]

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Asked if he would change any decision, the former Liverpool and Fulham boss said: "It is too early to say. It certainly is the wrong day for me to be talking about it because emotions are too raw.

The England squad have arrived back home following their dismal Euro 2016 campaign.

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The youngest player to make a first-team appearance for Luton Town is Connor Tomlinson at 15 years and 199 days old in the EFL Trophy, replacing Zane Banton as a 92nd-minute substitute in a 2–1 win over Gillingham on 30 August 2016, after the club were given permission for him to play from his headteacher.[115]

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“I was not forced to come here. I did so as I’ve never shirked a press conference, never run away, always been here these four years.


The club released the song "Hatters, Hatters", a collaboration between the Luton team and the Bedfordshire-based musical comedy group the Barron Knights, in 1974.[71] Eight years later another song featuring vocals by the Luton players, "We're Luton Town", was released to celebrate the club's promotion to the First Division.[72]

The highest transfer fee received for a Luton Town player is the £3 million West Bromwich Albion paid for Curtis Davies on 31 August 2005.[114] The most expensive player Luton Town have ever bought was Lars Elstrup, who cost £850,000 from Odense Boldklub on 21 August 1989.[111]

He spoke to the British press for the final time as England manager earlier on Tuesday and is expected to follow the team back onto British soil later in the day.

He said: "I wasn’t forced to come. I don’t think it’s necessary.

“But there’s not much more I can say. The players were desperately looking to win.”

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"It’s not a point of transferring blame to players," he said.

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There was not a smile in sight as the players walked off the plane one-by-one into the gloom and rain of London Luton Airport.

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It was a result - already being labelled as the worst in England's history - that cost Roy Hodgson his job, the coach resigning immediately after the game.

“I’m a part of the team, me myself, my coaching staff and the players.

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The club's largest wins have been a 15–0 victory over Great Yarmouth Town on 21 November 1914 in the FA Cup[110] and a 12–0 win over Bristol Rovers in the Third Division South on 13 April 1936.[111] Luton's heaviest loss was a 9–0 defeat against Small Heath in the Second Division on 12 November 1898.[111]

"Hindsight does always serve the purpose of putting you in the right and if you don't have it you find yourself very often in the wrong."