England ratings: Midfield maestro gives Southgate huge headache; Kane replacement takes his chance

Ollie Watkins, Raheem Sterling England v Ivory Coast

England made it two wins from two during the international break after comfortably sweeping aside 10-man Ivory Coast 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley.

Goals from Ollie Watkins, Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings were enough for the Three Lions, while the visitors saw skipper Serge Aurier red-carded in the first half.

Aston Villa forward Watkins marked his maiden England start with the opening goal after half an hour.

Skipper for the night Raheem Sterling worked space on the left and his low ball across the six-yard box left Watkins with a simple tap-in.

With England dominant and Jude Bellingham buzzing in midfield, things got tougher for the visitors when skipper Aurier saw red five minutes before the break.

The former Tottenham defender was dismissed by Belgian referee Erik Lambrechts for a second bookable offence, showing descent after not winning a foul.

And the Three Lions made their first-half dominance tell as the excellent Sterling swept home Grealish’s cut back after his initial shot had been saved.

England had a penalty awarded and then ruled out via VAR at the start of the second period.

Southgate’s men dominated the ball in the second period, as expected. However, they failed to really muster many chances before Tyrone Mings headed home a late third from a corner stoppage-time.

England (4-3-3)

Nick Pope: Did not have a save to make against a poor Ivory Coast side who offered very little even when they had 11 men on the pitch. 6

Ben White: Started at right-back, having impressed there after a rejig in the second-half against Switzerland. Given a rest at the break and replaced by Walker-Peters. 6

Harry Maguire: Was harshly jeered when his name was read out by the stadium announcer. However, a couple of telling interceptions soon got the crowd back on side. Was not really troubled defensively. 6

Tyrone Mings: A nice Tuesday evening stroll for the Villa man, who had very little to do and notched at the death with a downward header. 7

Tyrick Mitchell: Did not look out of place on his full debut and handled Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe well before being taken off. 6

James Ward-Prowse: His set-piece delivery was not quite up to his usual standard but kept possession well. 6

Declan Rice: Powered a header straight at the keeper from a Ward-Prowse free-kick in the opening half. Dominated midfield, even before Ivory Coast went down to 10 men. 7

Jude Bellingham England v Ivory Coast

Bellingham shows his class

Jude Bellingham: Hit the woodwork in the first half after a lovely move involving Sterling. Everything good about England came through the Dortmund man, who produced some sublime touches. Only thing missing was his end product. 8

Jack Grealish: Was having a good battle with Ivory Coast skipper Serge Aurier before the former Tottenham man saw red. Provided a lovely cut-back to provide Sterling with England’s second and was a constant threat. Looked gutted to be taken off. 7

Ollie Watkins: Used his pace and ability to run the channels well and good movement in the box allowed him a tap-in for England’s opener. Replaced by Kane just after the hour mark. 7

Raheem Sterling: Handed the captaincy on the night and played a big part in the opening goal to lay the ball on a plate for Watkins. Grabbed England’s second with a half-volleyed finish and led from the front with his display. 8


Kyle Walker-Peters (on for White, 45): Job was done when he came on but got forward at every opportunity. 6

Luke Shaw (on for Mitchell, 62): Spent the final 30 minutes in Ivory Coast’s half as England dominated. 6

Emile Smith Rowe (on for Grealish, 62): Lively presence as soon as he entered the pitch but missed a great chance to make it 3-0 in stoppage-time. 7

Phil Foden (on for Sterling, 62): Could not really get involved as Ivory Coast defended in numbers. 6

Harry Kane (on for Watkins, 62): Poor touch cost him the chance of notching his 50th England goal. 6

Conor Gallagher (on for Ward-Prowse, 80): N/A