While the atmosphere at Wembley was once again disappointing (I refused to partake in a Mexican Wave) the game itself was perhaps one of England’s best home performances for a while. While Brazil are not the force they once were the 2-1 victory was hard fought and there was some very interesting performances throughout the game.
So here are the player ratings…
Joe Hart: 8
Hart made up for his recent disastrous performance against Sweden with an assured performance in goal. While Brazil could have tested him more his stunning double-save from Ronaldinho’s first-half penalty once again highlighted his innate talent.
Glen Johnson: 8
Really strong performance from the Liverpool man who not only looked adept at the back but also joined in the attack at will.
Ashley Cole: 6
It was his 100th cap and that occasion seemed to get for him. He appeared teary eyed before the game and toiled against team-mate Oscar.
Gary Cahill: 6
He looked as though he was going to prove my recent criticism of him wrong after an assured first half performance. But then he made an absolute hash of playing the ball out of defence to gift Brazil the equaliser. Luckily the rest of his performance was so impressive he doesn’t drop below a six but those mistakes are becoming far to commonplace for club and country.
Chris Smalling: 7
Apart from an awful back-pass to Hart at the start of the second half Smalling looked solid and comfortable in possession.
A composed and sensible performance from the England captain although still plays that irritating wayward long ball that gets me so riled up; but this may be a bugbear I have to live with.
Tom Cleverley: 7
Was quite frustrated to see him come off at half-time as he looked very good alongside Wilshere in the heart of midfield keeping the ball on the deck and playing some delightful football.
Jack Wilshere: 9 MAN OF THE MATCH
An absolutely superb performance from the Arsenal youngster. Forget the handball for the penalty as his dynamic and modern style of play is something England have missed for a generation. If anybody looked like a Brazil player it was him so let’s just hope he stays fit.
Theo Walcott: 9
Another Arsenal player who had a great game. Walcott tormented Adriano at left-back throughout the game and when he stepped inside he also gave the Bundesliga’s star defender Dante the run-around.
Wayne Rooney: 8
Played a brilliant centre forward role working tirelessly to retain possession and bring his team-mates into the game. Also added a goal to proceedings for his troubles.
Danny Welbeck: 7
Another raw performance from the youngster. Utilised out on the left wing his pace and touch troubled Barcelona’s Dani Alves but a little more polish is still necessary.
So why aren’t Chelsea giving this man a new contract? Just for his ability to score vital goals he has earned a new deal and he did just that at Wembley; scoring the eventual winner.
Leighton Baines: 7
A positive and poised display after coming on at half-time. Maybe he is finally starting to believe he can usurp Ashley Cole from his position?
James Milner: 6
Did not have much time to make an impact but worked hard to ensure England’s victory.
Aaron Lennon: N/A
Had little time to make an impact after coming on for Theo Walcott.
Who do you think had a good game at Wembley?