England v Algeria - Player ratings
Published : 19 Jun 2010 06:28:25
Football.co.uk delivers some home truths after England's dismal 0-0 draw with Algeria in Cape Town.
- England 0-0 Algeria
David James - 6
The veteran stopper looked confident under all but one of the high balls he was asked to deal with. His distribution was good, but in truth James did not have a difficult save to make.
Glen Johnson - 6
Once again heavily involved, Johnson worked hard and showed good commitment. But his final ball was poor and he failed to link fluently with the midfield and forward lines.
John Terry - 6
A solid performance from England's former skipper, who looked focused and won everything in the air.
Jamie Carragher - 6
Arguably England's best player last night. The Liverpool defender used his experience to nullify the Algeria threat and make up for his obvious lack of pace. Ironically, he'll be suspended for the Slovenia game.
Aaron Lennon - 5
Lennon had so much of the ball, but delivered so little in terms of end product. His runs were aimless, his crosses were poor and he failed to justify his inclusion.
Frank Lampard - 4
Chelsea's Lampard simply does not exist in an England shirt. Almost anonymous throughout, Lampard's one high-profile moment saw him scuff a shot into the ground from close range. Dreadful.
Gareth Barry - 6
On his return to the fold Barry looked fit and his passing was generally...passable. The Manchester City player does what it says on the tin.
Steven Gerrard - 6
The intensity was there, but the quality and inspiration were not. Gerrard clearly cares, but he's not playing with the freedom he displays in a Liverpool shirt and at times looked frustrated beyond belief in Cape Town.
Wayne Rooney - 3
Rooney is supposed to be one of the world's great players, but in two World Cup games thus far he's offered precious little evidence. His touch was poor, his shooting weak and even his passing woeful. Where is the man who scored goals for fun last season in the red of Manchester United?
Emile Heskey - 6
Like Barry, Heskey did the job we know we can. Worked hard, held up the ball reasonably well and never looked like scoring. As part of a flying, free-scoring team he's great. In England's clueless XI he simply adds to the frustration.
Jermain Defoe - 6
Offered little of note, aside from one well-hit drive in injury time
Shaun Wright-Phillips - 5
A couple of driving runs, but ultimately a mirror image of the performance delivered by Lennon.
Peter Crouch - 6
Had scant time to make an impression.