England ratings: Roo joint MOTM, 5 or 9 for Smalling?

Date published: Wednesday 9th September 2015 11:52

Chris Smalling: England's top defender

TEAMtalk analyses the national papers’ player ratings from England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland, with vastly contrasting opinions on Chris Smalling.

The Three Lions saw off Switzerland in their Euro 2016 Qualifier, continuing their 100 per cent record with only two group games remaining.

Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines by scoring his 50th England goal to become the nation’s outright leading goalscorer, while Luke Shaw also impressed.

Using the ratings from six national newspapers, both Manchester United stars achieved an average of 7.2, earning them the joint highest scores.

Smalling has been widely praised for his performance, with ITV pundit Glenn Hoddle awarding the Man of the Match to the United centre-half. The Mirror‘s Darren Lewis also gave Smalling the only 9/10 to be awarded on the night, but The Sun‘s Andrew Dillion wasn’t so impressed and instead gave Smalling a 5.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be wincing as he flicks through the papers this morning, while Jonjo Shelvey was only marginally better, according to the journalists who compiled the ratings.

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How did you rate the England performances? Has Rooney earned the joint-highest average rating just because of his record-breaking goal, or was his all-round performance worthy of the same score as Shaw? Which paper was right over Smalling – The Mirror or The Sun? Have your say below…

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