England player ratings

England player ratings
By Eurosport

12/09/2012 at 07:11Updated 12/09/2012 at 10:43

Our player ratings from Wembley as England scored a late penalty to rescue a point against Ukraine in their World Cup qualfier.

GK: Joe Hart – 6

Had no chance with Yevhen Konoplyanka’s stunning goal but was otherwise as assured as ever. Had little to do in truth, with Ukraine having only three shots on target, and Hart was not culpable for this unconvincing result in England’s second World Cup qualifier.

DR: Glen Johnson – 5

Had one of his more mixed performances. Johnson initially coped well with Konoplyanka but he never entirely convinced in defensive phases and was shown up later in the game by the dangerous wide forward as he terrorised England down the right. Had more joy in attack and forced Andriy Pyatov into a superb low save with a fine left-foot effort after cutting inside.

CB: Phil Jagielka – 6

Brought into the side due to his familiarity with Everton team-mate Baines and former Toffee Lescott, Jagielka was a safe choice and was generally tidy at the back. He mostly covered well for Johnson when the right-back ventured forward and went close with a header that was blocked by Yevgen Selin in the first half. However, he also looked ill at ease dealing with Ukraine’s best player, Konoplyanka.

CB: Joleon Lescott – 6

Looked a touch unsettled in England’s makeshift defence and the back four as a unit looked vulnerable to the pace and trickery of the Ukraine attack. Still, he kept striker Roman Zozulia quiet for long spells and made a number of important aerial clearances.

LB: Leighton Baines – 6

Making only his second competitive start, the Everton full-back was a useful outlet in attack and looked keen to link up with Oxlade-Chamberlain in front of him. He made an important interception from a Konoplyanka cross after 58 minutes and generally coped well after a shaky start. Made way for the more electric Bertrand with 18 minutes remaining.

CM: Frank Lampard – 5

Had it easy against Moldova but this was a completely different proposition. He saw little of the ball in a first half in which he contributed nothing in attack and did not do enough to protect his defence either. His contribution improved marginally after the break, but after his brace on Friday led to excessive praise for the 34-year-old, this was a night for more sober reflection, even if he did score the penalty on 86 minutes.

CM: Steven Gerrard – 6

The more sprightly of England’s two withdrawn midfielders, Gerrard’s trademark Hollywood balls were more hit than miss and he worked hard to try and pull the Ukraine defence open. However, he never managed to exert any real control in midfield and was arguably lucky to get away with only a yellow after opening up the cheek of Ruslan Rotan with an elbow. Did not combine well with Lampard – which should come as no surprise – and was dismissed in the final minutes for a second booking.

RM: James Milner – 6

Had little luck out wide on the right but drifted inside to good effect on occasion, driving a good effort wide on 27 minutes. Milner provides balance, no doubt, but then so does a bag of cement if you stick it on a see-saw. Was lucky to be spared the hook when England were chasing a goal in the second half.

AM: Tom Cleverley – 5

A chastening experience for England’s new No. 10. After a desperately quiet first 20 minutes in which he was suffocated by the 121-cap Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Cleverley began to see more of the ball in and around the box but was guilty of a horrible miss from close range after 34 minutes. He struck the post in first half injury time but found this a much sterner test than Moldova away and was removed just after the hour mark having failed to make a positive contribution.

LM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5

A five-minute period in which one loose pass drew groans and a clever backheel drew applause was indicative of his performances so far in an England shirt, though in truth he veered towards the former on this occasion. After making little impression out wide he moved central after the removal of Cleverley, but lasted only seven minutes before making way himself for Sturridge. This was not a convincing performance from the youngster; a stark contrast to the first half in Chisinau.

ST: Jermain Defoe - 6

Operating as a lone striker, Defoe worked assiduously and was rather unlucky to be denied a superb goal when the referee adjudged him to have committed a foul when holding off Andriy Yarmolenko. He was tidy in possession and linked up well when given the chance, though he faded in the second half as he saw markedly less of the ball.


Danny Welbeck (on for Cleverley, 63’) – 7

Asked to play in a somewhat unfamiliar role wide on the left, Welbeck actually made a huge contribution for England when opting to sneak into the box and abandon his station on the wing. He struck the post with one toe-poke after 82 minutes and then won the penalty when flicking the ball over Yevgen Khacheridi and catching his outstretched arm. He effectively rescued the point.

Daniel Sturridge (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 69’) – 6

Asked to play in behind Defoe, Sturridge looked a bit aimless in the minutes following his introduction as he grappled with the support role but grew into the game and made a very positive impact. He crossed for Welbeck to strike the post and produced another dangerous delivery from the left of the box soon after.

Ryan Bertrand (on for Baines, 73’) - 6

Presumably introduced to provide more impetus in attack, Bertrand looked to get forward with regularity but it didn’t quite happen for the man who recently signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea. He and Welbeck made an unconventional pairing in the latter stages.