England player ratings: Hodgson left with plenty to ponder

Date published: Sunday 22nd May 2016 7:25

Harry Kane: Striker had a mixed display leading the line

Harry Kane: Striker had a mixed display leading the line

England failed to inspire in the 2-1 victory over Turkey, leaving Roy Hodgson with plenty to ponder ahead of Euro 2016.


Joe Hart: Caught out coming too far off his line before being beaten for Turkey’s goal, but atoned for his error with great save at the death. Kicking also slightly erratic. 6

Kyle Walker: Great block to prevent a Turkey goal early on and was one of England’s better performers. Pressure is now on Nathaniel Clyne to oust the Spurs right-back. 7

Gary Cahill: Strong in the air and could do little to prevent visitors’ equaliser. Will surely partner Chris Smalling against Russia? 6

John Stones: As always, came forward well with the ball at his feet, but the gap between him and Danny Rose was too big for the goal. 6

Danny Rose: Named the broadcaster’s man of the match and got forward well, showing plenty of energy, but was at fault for the goal, which could yet open the door for Ryan Bertrand to become first-choice. 6

Eric Dier: Remained disciplined and positionally aware throughout, allowing Dele Alli and Jack Wilshere to play further forward, with a couple of crunching tackles thrown in for good measure. Showed his threat from set-pieces with near-post header which flashed wide. 7

Eric Dier

Dele Alli: Started well as lovely quick feet created the opener, but was guilty of losing the ball, and his temper, on a number of occasions. Needs to try and avoid getting frustrated when things don’t go his way. 6

Jack Wilshere: Had everyone’s hearts in their mouths after going down clutching his ankle but was thankfully okay. Grew into the game and found joy drifting out wide, showing his ability to beat players with ease. Replaced by Jordan Henderson. 7

Raheem Sterling: Good play in the build-up to the opening goal and had a couple of exciting moments buzzing around the final third. End product let him down but the winger looked the most likely to make something happen in the second half and will be all the better having got some minutes under his belt. Replaced by Danny Drinkwater. 7

Raheem Sterling

Harry Kane: Kept his cool to score with a composed finish but let himself down with the missed penalty and a couple of wasteful attempts from distance. Still led the line well, running the channels and bringing team-mates into play. 7

Jamie Vardy: Squandered an early opportunity when failing to control Kane’s clever pass in the first minute and struggled to get into the game from the left flank. Was moved to a more central position after an hour and instantly improved, showing his threat in winning the penalty thanks to his pace, before displaying his predatory instincts in pouncing on a rebound to score. 7


Jordan Henderson (on for Wilshere 66′): Liverpool captain will be relieved to prove his fitness to Hodgson and showed plenty of industry and authority. Will be on the plane to France. 6

Danny Drinkwater (on for Sterling 72′): Made a couple of nice passes, particularly to Vardy, but had little time to impose himself on the game and remains in danger of being cut from the squad. 6


Rob Conlon

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