World Cup - England player ratings

Wed, 15 Aug 23:47:00 2012

We rate how the England players performed in the 2-1 win over Italy in Berne, Switzerland.

England's coach Roy Hodgson (L) shake hands with Jermain Defoe (2L), Michael Carrick and Joleon Lescott (Reuters) - 0

GK: Jack Butland – 6

England's youngest ever goalkeeper can be pleased on the whole with his senior debut which rounds off a summer no one could have imagined. Showed some quick thinking to make a couple of saves but Daniele De Rossi's header went over him for the goal.

RB: Kyle Walker – 6

The PFA Young Player of the Year could well be beginning his long-term tenure as England's right-back, but he will not always be able to rely on his pace to get him out of trouble as he did on several occasions in Berne.

CB: Gary Cahill – 7

The Chelsea defender was unfortunate to miss out on Euro 2012 through injury and out in a solid performance. Hit the back of the net with a fine volley that was ruled out through no fault of his own.

CB: Phil Jagielka – 7

Jagielka got a step closer than Cahill to playing in Poland and Ukraine, and the Euro 2012 stand-by showed once again why he is worth more than that position looking ahead to the World Cup, scoring a goal to boot.

LB: Leighton Baines – 6

An unremarkable evening for the Everton full-back, who routinely suffers in an England shirt by not being allowed to attack with freedom or take set pieces as he does at club level, and also for not being Ashley Cole.

RM: Adam Johnson – 6

Johnson was clearly making an effort to impress both his international and club managers on a rare start under either, but a despite some slick skills and enterprising play he never truly made his mark.

CM: Frank Lampard – 7

In a parallel universe, Lampard has been England captain for nigh on a decade and done so with distinction. Here, however, we have to make do with the odd exhibition of assured leadership in the twilight of his career and wonder what might have been.

CM: Michael Carrick – 6

Carrick won the last of his 22 England caps before this match two years ago, and although it was his poor marking that allowed De Rossi to head home the opener he spent much of the rest his time on the pitch helping England retain possession.

CM: Tom Cleverley – 7

A year after the riots in London put paid to what was expected to be his England debut Cleverley finally made his senior England bow with a handful of Team GB appearances under his belt, providing some great link-up play and always giving Italy plenty to think about.

LM: Ashley Young – 5

Heading into Euro 2012 Young's England performances were on a steady upward trajectory, but since that tournament opener against France his international stock is falling just as rapidly. His hour in Switzerland was a continuation of that.

FW: Andy Carroll – 5

After showing in Poland and Ukraine that he can be more than just a throwback of a big lump in an England shirt, Carroll had perhaps his worst outing in an England shirt.


Jermain Defoe (on 46') – 7

The Tottenham striker showed just why he is so often used as an impact substitute rather than a starting striker for both club and country by coming off the bench and netting a well-struck winner that was too hot for Salvatore Sirigu to handle.

John Ruddy (on 46') – 7

After a decent debut from Butland, Ruddy raised the stakes in the battle to be Joe Hart's deputy with two quality saves to deny Mattia Destro and Marco Verratti, the former just a few minutes after coming on.

James Milner (on 62') – 7

The Manchester City midfielder may not fill many England fans with enthusiasm but he showed again in his half-hour cameo why his creative and industrious contributions cannot be ignored.

Joleon Lescott (on 62') – 6

Lescott has little to prove to Roy Hodgson, although he will have to find a way to make things up to Cahill after his tussle with his marker got the Chelsea defender's goal ruled out.

Jake Livermore (on 69') – 6

Perhaps the least warranted of the evening's debuts, Tottenham midfielder Livermore's first cap feels like it came at least six months too soon. His club-mate Scott Parker will not feel unduly threatened, mind.

Ryan Bertrand (78') – N/A

A Champions League winner and Olympian before winning his first England cap, Bertrand now has an international assist to his name after his clearance sent Defoe scampering away to bag the winner.

Tony Mabert - on Twitter @tony_mabert / Eurosport

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