England demolished Panama today to reach the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup and there were some fine performances from the Three Lions. Below we’ve rated each player, and added a few comments to accompany their respective scores.
Jordan Pickford 7/10
Had virtually nothing to do but when his presence was required it was calm and assured.
Kyle Walker 7/10
No huge howlers today. He kept calm, made more passes than any other player and generally had a decent game. One key interception prevented a nailed-on Panama goal.
Harry Maguire 7/10
Apart from one bad pass early in the game, he did what was required for the most part.
John Stones 9/10
You can’t ask for much more than two goals from the Manchester City defender and it will send a message to future opponents that he is a danger man at set- pieces.
Ashley Young 6/10
Put in an efficient performance. Did nothing special but at the same time did nothing wrong. No complaints.
Keiran Trippier 8/10
Another good performance from the Tottenham man. His crosses and runs are sublime and he is growing in confidence with every game. Deserved to be rested when substituted.
Ruben Loftus-Creek 7/10
Another player who did well. Considering it was his first start for England, he did exactly what was asked of him. This performance will give him confidence going forward.
Raheem Sterling 7/10
He should have scored but he can be forgiven for that. He linked up well with some subtle passes and with all the pressure on him put in a solid display. Nothing spectacular but nothing to criticise either.
Jordan Henderson 8/10
Quietly goes about his business in midfield. He is constantly directing his teammates and pulled off some beautiful long passes. It’s hard to criticise anything he did today.
Jesse Lingard 9/10
A brilliant performance from the Manchester United forward. He scored a peach of a goal, kept his cool in the face of some severe provocation and was a significant danger every time he got the ball.
Harry Kane 9.5/10
A hat-trick hero, he now sits at the top of the Golden Boot standings. Kane leads from the front and, even though his goals came from two penalties and a deflected shot, little more can be asked of your captain and striker.
The Subs N/A
No ratings for the subs. The second half was a different game altogether, as it was about preserving energy and avoiding bookings and injuries. It would be unfair to judge the players coming on in that environment with the game effectively over.