Michael Carrick was the worst player on the pitch during England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday – but the papers were split on Cesc Fabregas’ display.
Goals from right-back Mario – an acrobatic hooked volley that gave Joe Hart no chance – and Santi Cazorla ensured England’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end on Friday night – with manager Roy Hodgson admitting that his side had been taught a lesson.
England struggled to live with Spain’s possession football during the match, with holding midfielder Michael Carrick receiving the lowest rating of 5 across the media.
And Carrick’s bad night got worse when in the final minute, he was stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage.
By contrast, England’s best player on the night was Ryan Bertrand – scoring an average of 7.25.
But they’ll be concern for Hodgson after his forward trio of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scoring an average of 5.875.
Spain’s best player, according to the newspaper averages, was left-back Jordi Alba, who scored 7, while centre-half Marc Bartra close behind with 6.875.
But it’s the rating of Fabregas which has got us most confused. Here at TEAMtalk, we feel the midfielder had far and away his best game of the season, with only the Daily Mail seeing fit to give him an 8/10 in his average of 6.75.
It was a less than convincing night for his Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa, however, with the Blues striker scoring an average of just 5.75.
The overall team ratings for the night saw Spain score 6.43 and England score 6.05.