TEAMtalk’s player ratings: San Marino v England

Date published: Saturday 5th September 2015 6:07

TEAMtalk rates each England player’s performance with Luke Shaw and Jonjo Shelvey standing out as Roy Hodgson’s men beat San Marino 6-0 to qualify for the 2016 European Championships.

Joe Hart. Impossible to criticise given he was a virtual spectator for 90 minutes, so he gets the standard mark. Did make a save after 83 minutes, and kept his hair looking very nice! 6 / 10

Nathaniel Clyne. Wasn’t able to support the attack as much as he’d have hoped, but untroubled in defence and can be satisfied with his performance. 6 / 10

John Stones. One small mistake early in the second half, but a generally calm and assured display on his first start for England in his favoured position. Able to bring the ball out of defence on a few occasions too. The boy from Barnsley done good! 6 / 10.

Phil Jagielka. Never troubled and will have enjoyed his match alongside his partner at club level. Looks a good bet to retain his place against Switzerland on Tuesday, where he’ll no doubt face a much more testing match. 6 / 10

Luke Shaw. Played a couple of brilliant passes through the channels to both Rooney and Vardy and also created the second goal for England with a fine cross. Enjoyed his afternoon and had an excellent game throughout. 8 / 10

James Milner. Put in what you might call a very ‘Milner-like’ performance, but was generally below par and may be sweating on his place on Tuesday night. (Substituted on 57 mins). 5 / 10

Jonjo Shelvey, England

Jonjo Shelvey. Comfortable in possession,  used the ball well, and always looked to keep England on the front foot, playing a fine ball through to Kane for his goal. One of England’s best performers, justified his selection in central midfield and continued his excellent club form so far this season for his country. 8 / 10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Drifted in and out of the game and at times looked isolated on the right of England’s attacking three behind Rooney. Missed a good chance to score towards the end of the first half, but his positive run and cross created Barkley’s goal. (Substituted on 67 mins). 6 / 10 

Ross Barkley. Scored his first England goal with a smart header, but will have hoped to have created more for his team-mates. Not helped by an awful pitch, where his ability to run with the ball was severely hampered. 6/ 10

Jamie Vardy. Worked hard for the team, ran the channels well and offered Rooney support up front when he could. Question marks remain on whether he is really good enough for England though. 6 / 10

Wayne Rooney. Hardly a memorable display, beyond the fact that he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record. Took his penalty well, but otherwise looked poor – generally in keeping with his performances for Manchester United so far this season. (Substituted on 57 minutes). 6 / 10.


Fabian Delph (on for Milner, 57). Made a positive contribution after setting up England’s fourth, despite playing in an unfamiliar role on the left side of midfield. 6 / 10

Harry Kane (on for Rooney, 57). Scored England’s best goal of the night with a fine dink over the keeper and will be happy to get off the mark this season. 6 / 10

Theo Walcott (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 67). Scored with his first touch from close range before doubling his tally with England’s sixth. Made a justifiable claim for playing as a central striker for both club and country. 7 / 10.


Roy Hodgson. Much-maligned, but he’s guided England expertly through qualification with games to spare, while he can take pride after England became the first nation to qualify for France 2016 . The real tests are obviously to come, but for now, Hodgson can be happy with his efforts in getting the job done. Gave chances to players in form and saw that faith rewarded with a comfortable win. 7 / 10

How did you rate England’s display and which players stood out for you? Who would you like to see keep their place, but who should be axed against Switzerland on Tuesday?





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