England defeated European minnows San Marino 5-0 at Wembley last night. While it was hard to assess the performances of the players against a very weak side, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney got our man-of-the-match for his captain's goal-scoring display.
Joe Hart: 6
Hard really to judge the Manchester City stopper on this performance. Didn’t have much opportunity to show off his new ‘best keeper in the world’ tag as he effectively played as a sweeper against poor opposition.
Kyle Walker: 5
Disappointing considering with his pace he should have been tearing holes through the San Marino left-flank.
Phil Jagielka: 6
Hard to give anybody in a defensive position higher than a 6 considering the lack of action. Kept a solid line with Gary Cahill and got forward when he could, which was for about 90 minutes?
Gary Cahill: 7
He was reasonably effective when he pushed forward which warranted his higher rating the Jags. Overall he had nothing to do but I am feeling generous for a 7.
Leighton Baines: 6
This was his chance to put a stamp on the left-back position but, despite working very hard throughout he failed to replicate his standard of play at club level.
Michael Carrick: 5
Was San Marino’s most effective player. He can just slow the game up too much at times and his usual incisive passing was off the crosshairs on this occasion, giving possession away far to regularly.
Tom Cleverley: 6
He didn’t really do anything wrong which was really all the players could do against soft opposition. Showed some neat touches around the box and looked far more comfortable in his deeper midfield role.
Theo Walcott: 6
Harsh to give him less than a 6 really considering he got poleaxed by the San Marino keeper. His pace was going to be a clear threat and he would have fancied bagging a few goals.
Wayne Rooney: 8 Man of the Match
He relished the captain role and was one of the only players who performed as he would for his club. Getting in between the middle of the abundance on San Marino central defenders.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7
Really gave it a lot out of there, and despite seeming desperate to grab a goal or two; we can put that down to youthful exuberance and a want for his first England goal, which he eventually got.
Danny Welbeck: 7
Despite producing a few too many irritating flicks and tricks he did grab two goals and earn a penalty. He should have had about another four penalties as well but the referee was clearly giving a slight advantage to the minnows from Northern Italy.
Aaron Lennon: 7
Played well in his first game for England since THAT abysmal national performance against Algeria. Involved directly in a couple of the goals but still lacks a pin-point delivery.
Jonjo Shelvey: 6
Hodgson obviously saw an opportunity to end Scotland’s interest in the Liverpool man’s national status; but he also performed quite well in place of Michael Carrick.
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