Ratings: Encouraging from England but Sterling shrank

Date published: Saturday 11th June 2016 10:53

Raheem Sterling: Looked short of confidence against Russia

Raheem Sterling: Looked short of confidence against Russia

Raheem Sterling will be most concerned for his place and while Harry Kane was frustrated, England impressed in the heartbreaking draw with Russia.

JOE HART: The second-most capped player in the starting line-up had little to do for long periods but will wonder long and hard what he might have done to prevent the slow-motion equaliser 7/10

KYLE WALKER: Nathaniel Clyne will do well to wrest the right-back spot off his Tottenham counterpart after this display. Bombed forwards, showed great composure and firm in defence. 8

DANNY ROSE: The Group B opener was quite the stage to make a first competitive appearance but he handled the occasion with aplomb, threatening with countless crosses. 8

GARY CAHILL: Favoured as Smalling’s partner ahead of John Stones, the Chelsea centre-back was a composed and stern presence. Artem Dzyuba got little change out of him. 7

CHRIS SMALLING: One of Manchester United’s best players in a frustrating season and produced a solid display for his country. 7

Chris Smalling England v Russia

ERIC DIER: Shielded the defence impressively and dropped back into the central defence when required. Thankful for Hart after stopping him scoring another own goal and hit a beautiful opener. 8

DELE ALLI: One of five England players making their tournament debut, he flourished in midfield and came close to scoring on several occasions. MK Dons must feel a long time ago. 7

WAYNE ROONEY: England’s leader and all-time top scorer played in midfield and showed impressive intelligence, spraying the ball around and leading from deep. 8

RAHEEM STERLING: Frustrating first season at Manchester City and that knock in confidence showed in Marseille as a bright start petered out in the second half. 6

ADAM LALLANA: Granted a starting berth on the right and repaid Roy Hodgson’s faith, pressing with intensity and providing a creative outlet throughout. Missed several chances to score. 7

Harry Kane disallowed goal England v Russia

HARRY KANE: The Premier League’s top scorer still does not look great taking corners and will be frustrated not to get away more shots. A frustrating night overall. 6


JACK WILSHERE (Rooney, 77): Brought on for Rooney late on, the offside flag prevented him creating a goal. 6

JAMES MILNER (Sterling, 87): A late introduction to keep things sturdy, but England conceded. 6

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