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England Player Ratings As Southgate’s Men Fall To Croatia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Players of England look dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The final four was as far as Southgate’s men could go, as they fell to Croatia by 2-1 after extra time in Moscow. Let’s take a look at England’s player ratings following their semi-final defeat.

1) Jordan Pickford (7)

Extremely confident in possession. The Everton man could do nothing about either goal as they both flew past him. Made a couple of very good saves in the second period and was brave to stop Mandzukic in extra time. Arguably one of England’s players of the tournament.


18) Ashley Young (5)

A quiet game for the Manchester United man, who really didn’t do enough to stop the cross for Perisic’s goal which came from his side. Was replaced by Danny Rose during extra time.


2) Kyle Walker (5)

The Manchester City right-back has taken well to his new role at the heart of the English defence but is occasionally prone to error which he showed this evening.

Allowed Perisic to get in front of him for the goal and was shaky in possession at some stages of the game. Still growing into the position, but his pace is an asset.


5) John Stones (5)

A bad night at the office for Stones. Allowed Mario Mandzukic to sneak in behind him for the Croatian winner and arguably should’ve grabbed a goal himself but for some excellent defending.

Still looks as though he has a mistake in him.


6) Harry Maguire (5)

Started off well but Croatia’s physicality became too much for him towards the end. Was once again a problem from set-pieces but he and Stones let themselves down for Mandzukic’s goal.

Still not the most comfortable in possession which is a problem in a back three that are encouraged to play it out from the back.


12) Kieran Trippier (6) 

Scored a superb free-kick and was effective as England’s set-piece taker throughout the game. Trippier also proved a constant threat from the right-hand side going forward, but will be very disappointed that he allowed Perisic in behind him for the Croatian opener.


7) Jesse Lingard (5)

A very quiet performance from Lingard. Was willing to work but was found out against a strong midfield. Brought very little from an attacking standpoint also. Had a generally good tournament but will likely be disappointed with his display tonight.


8) Jordan Henderson (6)

Performed well in the first half as the defensive pivot of a midfield that was up against two of Europe’s elite in Modric and Rakitic.

Rarely looked as though he’d get overrun in the middle but was showing real signs of fatigue as the 90 minutes began to fade.


20) Dele Alli (5)

Failed to seriously impact the game in the attacking third. Generally showed well for his defenders which is required in this system.

Made a great run to win Trippier’s free-kick early on, but the 22-year old was another quiet player in white.


9) Harry Kane (c) (5)

Will be disappointed not to have gotten on the scoresheet in a game that was certainly his worst of the tournament. Should have bagged England’s second but was denied by a good Subasic save.


10) Raheem Sterling (5)

Sterling had a lot to prove coming into this tournament and has been lucky so far in the sense that others around him are masking his poor performances.

Showed a couple of sparks early on but cannot seem to find his Manchester City form in the three lions shirt. Was replaced by Rashford with 15 minutes to go, and the sub proved much livelier than Sterling.



Marcus Rashford (6) 

Arguably should have started the game ahead of Sterling. Looked lively when he came on with 15 to go and was one of the few players in a white shirt you thought would make something happen.

Danny Rose (6)

Similar to Rashford, Rose looked energetic when he came onto the field and made a couple of good runs down the left. Proved to be a far better option than Young.

Eric Dier (Not On Long Enough To Rate)

Jamie Vardy (Not On Long Enough To Rate)


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