Crystal Palace are on course to avoid a bleak winter but Roy Hodgson still cannot escape the chilling memories of Iceland.
Hodgson’s rehabilitation as a manager continues after Palace climbed out of the relegation zone and extended their unbeaten run to seven games with this Saturday stroll at Leicester.
Christian Benteke is also back scoring again and it seems Hodgson’s appointment as Palace manager is a virtual guarantee of Premier League survival.
It ensures he is firmly on the road to redemption after arguably the worst result in England’s football history, the 2-1 defeat against Iceland which dumped them out at Euro 2016. Hodgson resigned shortly afterwards, left with little option after such embarrassment.
But the 70-year-old has rounded on his critics, insisting his reputation in this country does not deserve to be tarnished by one result.