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04 Mar 2010 06:45:12

England - Player ratings

Football.co.uk passes judgement on the England performances during last night's 3-1 victory against Egypt at Wembley.

- England 3-1 Egypt

Rob Green - 6/10
The West Ham goalkeeper dealt well with crosses, but failed to impose a commanding presence behind the England back four. In truth, Green did little wrong, but his distribution could have been bolder and he's not yet fully convincing as England's No 1.

Wes Brown - 6/10
Defensively solid, Brown impressed in the second half with his link-up play down the flank. His experience and composure could prove enough to see him start against the USA on June 12th.

John Terry - 6/10
The former England skipper started nervously, but grew into the game and gradually began to resemble the commanding centre-half we know he can be. The boos gradually died and Terry made some telling tackles along with a couple of bold runs forward.

Matthew Upson - 5/10
Not a great night for the West Ham defender, whose slip let in Zidan to score the opening goal of the game for Egpyt. Upson recovered from the incident, but mistakes are punished severely at international level and he will not have furthered his cause last night.

Leighton Baines - 6/10
A hard performance to judge. Baines was solid and did a thorough job, but his delivery and contribution going forward paled in comparison to what England fans are used to from Ashley Cole. If Cole isn't fit for South Africa, Baines would not be a liability at left-back, but he wouldn't add anything either.

Theo Walcott - 4/10
Walcott had a night to forget. He looked short of match sharpness and wasted possession far too many times in advanced positions. His pace is always a threat, but it's hard to see him being deployed as anything other than a substitute during the World Cup.

Frank Lampard - 5/10
An underwhelming night for the Chelsea midfielder, who missed two glorious chances in the first half and was replaced by Michael Carrick at half-time.

Steven Gerrard - 8/10
Operating in a central position, Gerrard looked sharp and hungry throughout. Arguably England's second most important player behind Wayne Rooney, Gerrard is the man capable of dominating a game and dictating the pace.

Gareth Barry - 7/10
On this form, Barry is a surefire starter for England in South Africa. The Man City midfielder worked tirelessly in defence and his distribution was solid throughout. As a midfield anchor, he allows Gerrard to get forward and that can only be a good thing.

Wayne Rooney - 8/10
What's left to say about England's best player? Rooney's touch was impeccable, his passing was at times sublime and if he can just stay injury free he's England's best hope of glory in South Africa.

Jermain Defoe - 6/10
The Tottenham striker looked sharp, but failed to impose himself on the match before being substituted. Defoe thrives with good service, but can drift out of games all too easily.

Subs

Peter Crouch (8) - The big man took his tally to 20 England goals and made a convincing case for a starting berth alongside Rooney. His touch was deft and he linked played superbly.

Michael Carrick (8) - There are few better passers in the Premier League than Carrick, and his impact on the game will not have been overlooked by Capello - especially in light of Lampard's underwhelming contribution.

Shaun Wright-Phillips (7) - SWP got himself on the scoresheet and comprehensively beat Walcott in the battle of the right wingers. An unpredictable force going forward, SWP's inclusion in the starting line-up would represent a bold move by Capello - but it's not out the question.

James Milner (7) - The in-form Aston Villa midfielder had little time to impress, but still managed to impose himself with a cracking shot than led to England's second goal. Milner's power and work-rate, along with his confident distribution, will surely see him feature in South Africa.

Carlton Cole (5) - In five minutes, Cole looked largely uninterested and failed to win a single challenge. Where was the urgency of a man looking to book a World Cup spot?


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