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Monday, 25 June 2012

England v Italy - Player ratings


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So it was penalties again but this time losing from the spot didn't feel so bad. Probably because England hardly deserved to be in the game after being taken apart by an Italian side who would be a massive danger if only they could find some reliable strikers.

Here's the ratings for the England eleven and despite the battling rearguard action some of the scores aren't pretty befitting a team that failed to muster any threat after the first half.

Joe Hart-6

Strangely enough, Hart wasn't called upon to do anything spectacular as the Azzuri were so wayward in front of goal. His uncertainty with one long range effort so nearly led to a goal but Glen Johnson's pressure on Montolivio saved him

Glen Johnson-8

A strong performance in which Johnson defended admirably and also found time to come closest to scoring for England. Very unlucky not to beat Buffon after his adventurous early advance into the box. Going forward he looked more dangerous than either of England's wide men and his ability to make last-ditch interventions saved the day twice.

John Terry-8

Terry just laps up this siege mentality defending and it seems as though he could keep doing it for a week at a time if needed. Blocked shots regularly and made timely interventions even though the Italians seemed determined to test his lack of pace.

Joleon Lescott-7

Not as prominent as Terry but nevertheless he showed the same discipline and concentration that he displayed in the other games. Amazing advance from his early days with England when he looked like an accident waiting to happen.

Ashley Cole-6

As usual the full back proved sound defensively but again appeared hesitant on the ball and rarely ventured forward too far- when he did, put in one of England's best moves but the cross was just too high even for Andy Carroll. The combination with Ashley Young still doesn't seem to be a confident one.

James Milner-6

A better performance with more attacking intent alongside the usual high workrate. Milner's future for England might be as a central midfielder screening the back four in the Parker role where his great engine and decent passing could be more effective.

Steven Gerrard-7

Just about a game too far from the skipper who couldn't influence the action as much as he would have liked. Showed team mates how to look after the ball though and played with discipline to stem the blue tide.

Scott Parker-5

The Spurs man has many admirable qualities and he put in another great shift defensively but this game passed him by. When he did get on the ball he was guilty of a couple of horrendously poor passes that wasted two of England's few decent situations in the second half.

Ashley Young-4

Never really settled into this game and looking back across the whole tournement its been the same story. Picked the ball up so often and began with intent only to lose his way or drop off a poor pass. Didn't seem to have the confidence to impose himself on the game.

Wayne Rooney-4

There's something about Rooney and tournaments. Is it about fitness? Or is it a player trying to do too much to live up to the hype? As in South Africa, he showed that maddening ability to be caught on the ball or to turn back into defenders. In an England shirt he never looks the same man who turns up in the red of Man United.

Danny Wellbeck-6

Showed the enthusiasm we've come to expect but again he was isolated up front, aside from one excellent combination with Rooney which he spoiled with a poor shot off target. Received little service but grafted hard.

Subs

Theo Walcott -5 - never really received the ball in a threatening position.

Andy Carroll - 6 provided energy and vigour but again, received precious little service.

Jordan Henderson - 5 straight swap for Parker. Plenty of defending but no creativity

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