England player ratings: Liverpool men impress, Dier struggles

Date published: Wednesday 16th November 2016 8:12

England's starting XI to face Spain

England undid an impressive performance with a late collapse in the 2-2 draw with Spain. Rob Conlon rates the players.


Joe Hart (Heaton, 46′): Rarely troubled but alert off his line to ensure no trouble arose. 6

Nathaniel Clyne: Great block to deny Aspas and was the better of England’s full-backs. 7

Gary Cahill (Jagielka, 46′): A steady half for the Chelsea man, albeit with little threat to deal with. 6

John Stones: One unnecessary pass which played Dier into trouble in the first half aside, an excellent display. Strong in the air and in the tackle. Can not be to blame for Aspas’ wonder finish. 8


Danny Rose (Cresswell, 79′): Has the left-back slot wrapped up while Luke Shaw remains in purgatory and produced a typically energetic performance. Booked. 6

Eric Dier: Bypassed twice by passes which left England’s back four exposed and was outshone by Henderson. Allowed Isco to pass him for Spain’s equaliser. 5

Jordan Henderson: Combative and tidy in possession in the middle of the park and created Vardy’s goal with a tidy cross. Starting to look more comfortable in an England shirt. 8


Raheem Sterling (Townsend, 65′): A bright display, with a couple of positive runs and two dangerous crosses in the first half, one of which almost put a goal on a plate for Vardy. Booked. 8

Adam Lallana (Walcott, 26′): Superb pass to Vardy which resulted in the penalty and duly dispatched the spot-kick. As good off the ball with his constant harrying as he is inventive on it. Unlucky to suffer an injury when he was looking promising as a number 10. 8

Jesse Lingard: Started out wide before moving into the number 10 role after Lallana’s injury. Always moving but guilty of giving the ball away too often. 6

Jamie Vardy (Rashford, 67′): Lucky to avoid punishment after leaving his foot in on Azpilicueta early on, only to win a penalty minutes later – albeit due to a poor touch. Ended a 14-match drought with superb diving header. 8




Theo Walcott (for Lallana, 26′): Should have scored after being played in by Vardy and faded as game wore on. Yet again failed to replicate club form for England. Booked. 5

Tom Heaton (for Hart, 46′): Much busier than Hart and could do nothing to stop Aspas’ goal but will be disappointed to concede from Isco’s shot.  6

Phil Jagielka (for Cahill, 46′): First cap since March and faced a tougher task than Cahill as Spain posed more of a threat. Struggled with the movement of Morata. 5

Andros Townsend (for Sterling, 65′): Typically direct when given the ball but did not see enough of it. 6

Marcus Rashford (for Vardy, 67′): Given a chance is his favoured role up front and just run out of room after rounding Reina, but lost the ball for Spain’s opener. 6

Aaron Cresswell (for Rose, 79′): Well-deserved England debut but was caught upfield for Spain’s opener. 5

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