England player ratings: Henderson upstages redundant Rooney

Date published: Saturday 8th October 2016 6:50

Wayne Rooney: Struggled to make an impact

Wayne Rooney: Struggled to make an impact

After a sluggish start, England made light work of Malta in their latest World Cup qualifier. TEAMtalk rates Gareth Southgate’s men.

Joe Hart: Forced into one save in the 81st minute. Probably spent the rest of the time continuing to brush up on his Italian 5

Kyle Walker: Made his usual energetic bursts but his crossing leaves a lot to be desired 5

Gary Cahill: Couple of nervy moments but thankfully did not escalate into the high-profile errors of recent weeks 6

John Stones: Stepped up out of defence and helped England control possession 6

Ryan Bertrand: Subbed after just 18 minutes when appearing to tweak his hamstring 5

Jordan Henderson: Pulled the strings in midfield and posed a real threat with his incisive passing. Made Rooney look surplus to requirements. 8

Wayne Rooney: Yet more evidence that he is not a midfielder. Everything grinds to a halt when he is on the ball and he is holding England back. Time to let go. 4

Dele Alli: Not as prominent as he usually is but got on the scoresheet nevertheless. Missed a great chance late in the second-half 6.5

Jesse Lingard: Impressed on debut with intelligent runs both inside and outside the full-back. Could have easily bagged himself a goal, too 7.5

Theo Walcott: Definitely England’s quietest attacker. Struggled to make things happen 6

Daniel Sturridge: Snatched at first real chance but made amends with a lovely cushioned header to opening the scoring 7

Substitutes:

Danny Rose: Was not involved in much of England’s attacking play 5.5

Marcus Rashford: Got in the right areas and should have had an assist to his name 6

Jamie Vardy No real chances fell to the Leicester man in the closing stages 5.5

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