England ratings: Butland, Welbeck disappoint; Rashford decisive again

Date published: Tuesday 11th September 2018 10:15

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Kyle Walker, Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Maguire of England assess a free kick during the international friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

There were a mixed bag of performances for England as they recorded a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland in Leicester on Tuesday night.

Marcus Rashford scored the winning goal in the second half to cap off a good few days, with the Manchester United forward having netted against Spain on Saturday night.

Who impressed for Gareth Southgate’s men? And who left a lot to be desired?

 

RATINGS

JACK BUTLAND: Given just his seventh start in place of Jordan Pickford, the Stoke goalkeeper attracted unwanted attention for some nervy early play on the ball. He almost put into his own net before passing James Tarkowski into trouble. 5

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD: Deployed as right wing-back rather than Kyle Walker, he struggled at times to strike the balance between attacking and leaving himself over-exposed. 6

KYLE WALKER: A frustrated bystander as England lost to Spain at the weekend, the Manchester City defender’s fine cross led to the winner in a largely mediocre display. 6

JAMES TARKOWSKI: The Burnley defender did not look comfortable on his second international appearance and was relieved to see Xherdan Shaqiri hit the post after an early mishap involving Butland. 5

HARRY MAGUIRE: A popular choice in defence, the Leicester centre-back displayed his impressive passing range but was unable to bring coherence to the backline. Looked far more comfortable when changes were made. 6

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Harry Maguire of England is chased by Mario Gavranovic of Switzerland  during the international friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

DANNY ROSE: After playing the bulk of the second half against Spain following Luke Shaw’s head injury, the Tottenham left-back was the brightest spark for England. A nuisance down the flank. 7

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK: The young midfielder is struggling for game-time at Chelsea and it showed, with ring-rust intertwining with promising moments. 6

ERIC DIER: Went close with a header in a first half when he was unable to get a grip on the Swiss midfield. Captained the side in place of rested Harry Kane and rotated well with substitute John Stones. 6

FABIAN DELPH: Selected despite having yet to play a minute for Manchester City this term. Worked hard but good moments were tangled with frustrating ones. 6

MARCUS RASHFORD: Restored in attack after a goalscoring display against Spain and justified Gareth Southgate’s faith with a smart strike to settle the match. 7

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Marcus Rashford of England scores his team's first goal  during the international friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

DANNY WELBECK: A willing runner on his first start of the season for the club or country, but the forward failed to make a telling impact. 5

SUBSTITUTES

JOHN STONES (for Tarkowski, 61): Threw himself in the way of a fizzing Shaqiri strike almost immediately after coming on and added some solidity to the defence. 6

JESSE LINGARD (for Loftus-Cheek, 61): Added extra dynamism in attack. 6

HARRY KANE (for Welbeck, 61): Forced the Swiss back and gave them a bigger headache than Welbeck. 6

JORDAN HENDERSON (for Delph, 68): Helped prevent the English midfield being overrun. 6

KIERAN TRIPPIER (for Alexander-Arnold, 78): Unsurprisingly slotted in seamlessly at right-back and ended the match well. 6

BEN CHILWELL (for Rose, 78): Given a huge cheer when brought on for his England debut on home soil. 6

 

 

 

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