Monday 23 October 2017

England player ratings

Joe Hart: Strangely nervy display from England's number one goalkeeper, who saved well from Alou Diarra but was beaten too easily by Samir Nasri. 6.





Glen Johnson: Not the easiest task trying to subdue Franck Ribery but the Liverpool man did his job pretty well. 7.



Ashley Cole: Did not have much opportunity to push forward as England found themselves pressed back. 7.



John Terry: Did what manager Roy Hodgson wanted. Made his tackles, won his headers and led the rearguard action. 8.



Joleon Lescott: Delighted at his first England goal and defiant in defence. 8.



James Milner: Industrious as always but lacks a touch of quality, as he proved. 7.



Steven Gerrard: Brilliant free-kick to create the goal but has to take some of the responsibility for England not keeping the ball. 7.



Scott Parker (off 77): Tireless display from the Tottenham man, although, like Gerrard, didn't really take the sting out of the game. 7.



Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (off 77): Not a Michael Owen-type introduction to tournament football, but didn't let anyone down either, which is excellent in itself. 7.



Ashley Young: A fleeting force. His precise through ball for Milner should have been rewarded with a goal. Booked. 7.



Danny Welbeck (off 89): Capable of so much more than this but given the ball infrequently and too little support when he was. 7.



SUBSTITUTES:



Jordan Henderson (on 77): Never really got into the game. 7.



Jermain Defoe (on 77): No real opportunity to impress. 7.



Theo Walcott (on 89): Not enough time to make an impact.

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