England Player Ratings: Lallana changes game, Rooney disappoints

England Crowd

How did Roy Hodgson's side fare in their 1-0 win over Denmark?

Joe Hart 7 – Didn't have much to do tonight, but commanded his area well when he needed to.

Glen Johnson 8 – Johnson was one of England's more dangerous attacking threats throughout, offering width down the right hand side.

Gary Cahill 7 – Cahill had a couple of shaky moments but was generally solid in the heart of the England defence.

Chris Smalling 7 – Smalling was generally solid, but like Cahill, had a couple of nervy moments which will scare fans.

Ashley Cole 7 – Cole wasn't his usual swashbuckling self from left back, and showed little to suggest he should play ahead of Leighton Baines in Brazil.

Steven Gerrard 7 – Gerrard was once again used in the holding midfield role which he has recently been playing in for Liverpool, and was the most impressive England midfielder of the three.

Jordan Henderson 6 – Henderson kept things neat and tidy but didn't offer enough going forward to merit a regular starting role.

Jack Wilshere 6 – Similar to Henderson in that he worked hard but wasn't effective enough going forward.

Raheem Sterling 7 – Sterling didn't have the same impact as he has had recently for Liverpool, but his pace was always a threat to the Danish backline.

Wayne Rooney 6 – Took too many poor shots or decisions – certainly not his finest night in an England shirt.

Daniel Sturridge 7 – Sturridge worked hard in a position where he doesn't thrive, tracking back to help his defence before heading home the winner.

Substitutes

Luke Shaw 8 – Shaw looked excellent on his England debut, linking up well with Adam Lallana and putting quality into the box.

Adam Lallana 9 – made the difference for England. Came on and looked to create chances, showed some nice touches and put in a delightful cross for Sturridge's goal.

Danny Welbeck 7 – looked lively when he came on, and had a great chance saved by an inspired Kasper Schmeichel.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – wasn't on the field long enough to make an impact.

Andros Townsend – wasn't on the field long enough to make an impact.

James Milner – wasn't on the field long enough to make an impact.

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