England player ratings after 1-0 defeat to Belgium

first_imgStruggled on the night and it was clear just how much England missed Jordan Henderson. Didn’t protect the back three well enough and was wasteful in possession. 14 Distribution was fantastic, but he looked shaky on the night. Inexcusably allowed a ball to wriggle from under his grasp which nearly resulted in a goal. Poor positioning as well for the Januzaj goal, he was far too close to the near post for such a one-footed player. 14 14 Jordan Pickford – 6 14 14 After originally struggling to get into the game, Loftus-Cheek began to thrive. As space began to appear in the Belgian midfield, the Chelsea man was allowed time and space and he so nearly punished them with several searing runs. Despite having a fantastic domestic season, this was an evening to forget for the Liverpool man. His set-pieces were woeful and he too often looked rushed on the ball. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5 In his audition to replace Raheem Sterling, Rashford rather fluffed his lines. Plenty of pace and optimism but, like the Manchester City man, he has to be more clinical. Marcus Rashford – 5 Although it can be argued this is an easier route to the semi-finals, a defeat is never nice to take.But how did the Three Lions perform on the night?Scroll down to see our player ratings. Fabian Delph – 6 14 England will play Colombia in the last-16 of the World Cup after suffering defeat in Kaliningrad to Belgium.A superb strike by former Manchester United man Adnan Januzaj means Gareth Southgate’s men will finish the group in second. Added a much more commanding presence to the backline and is crucial to how the Three Lions play. His pass to dissect the lines for Marcus Rashford’s chance was glorious. Phil Jones – 5 Although he may have expected to start as a left-wing-back, the Manchester City was given a run out in his preferred central midfield option. Extremely tenacious and with a fantastic engine, he will be a vital squad player – but not much more. Danny Rose – 7 14 Jamie Vardy – 6 (SUB) Danny Welbeck – 5 John Stones – 6 Struggled with the aerial threat of teammate Marouane Fellaini all evening and then was caught overplaying in his box in the last-minute. 14 (SUB) Harry Maguire – 7 Eric Dier – 4 Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 8 Januzaj celebrates his winner 14 14 England’s best defender on the ball, he will hope the injury he picked up before half-time is not too serious. A fantastic outlet on the left-hand side – a great option if the Three lions were ever under pressure. Plenty of trickery and willing to run, his defensive contributions came into question when Adnan Januzaj left him for dead before curling one into the top corner. Dealt with the threat of teammate Michy Batshuayi well enough, even managing to make a spectacular goal line clearance where everyone else had switched off. 14 14 14 Gary Cahill – 7 14 So much pace and energy, but you feel as though these assets will be best used from the bench. With 20 minutes to go, the last man a defender will want to see coming on will be the Leicester City striker. Had England’s two best chances late on. He saw one effort cleared off the line before stabbing one inexplicably wide inside the six yard box. If that doesn’t sum him up, I don’t know what will.last_img read more