Euro 2012 qual. - England ratings: Rampant Rooney

Fri, 02 Sep 21:29:00 2011

Player ratings from England’s comfortable 3-0 win over Bulgaria in Euro 2012 qualifying, with Wayne Rooney in imperious form.

FOOTBALL Wayne Rooney during the 3-0 win for England at Bulgaria in Euro 2012 qualifying on Sept 2 - 0

Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 6: Was a touch jittery in the first half with some sloppy kicking and positioning, but made a superb reflex stop from Stiliyan Petrov in the second half.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – 6: Has been excellent for his club in his new position of right back, but looked nervous and occasionally confused positionally, as if he was expecting a full-back to cover. Made up for it with some great tackles.

John Terry (Chelsea) – 7: Very solid as skipper and looked to form a fine partnership with Gary Cahill.

Gary Cahill (Bolton) – 7: A first goal for England was taken in style, although one poor defensive header almost blotted his copybook.

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) – 7: As usual combined energy with defensive nouse and never looked beatable.

Gareth Barry (Manchester City) – 7: The more forward-thinking of the holding midfield duo, he nabbed an assist and put in some dangerous balls while helping Scott Parker cover the defence.

Scott Parker (Tottenham) – 7: Disciplined and intelligent, he linked up well with Barry and kept his nerve after picking up an early, harsh booking. Denied a goal by a good save.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) – 7: A complete nightmare for any defender, he continued his great club form with a super display of direct running, picking up an assist for the third goal. Taken off early after being subjected to racist abuse by home fans.

Stewart Downing (Liverpool) – 7: His corners yielded England’s first two goals, albeit indirectly for Cahill’s, and he worked superbly in tandem with Young and Theo Walcott as the trio swapped positions and confused Bulgaria into submission.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – 7: The Gunners’ only in-form outfield player at the moment he rose to the occasion for England, heavily involved in the third and adding smart delivery to his running game.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – 8: Two goals and some great touches in addition to his usual work-rate, Rooney was brilliant as England dominated a poor Bulgaria. A towering header is no mean feat for a relatively short player, and he is our Man of the Match.


James Milner (Manchester City) – 7: Was given half an hour and got stuck in, winning some free-kicks and putting in some very good crosses.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 6: Only given a cameo after being dropped for the first time in four years, but was unfussy and professional as ever.

Adam Johnson (Manchester City) – 6: Did not have time to replicate the performance that saw him score against Bulgaria at Wembley earlier in the campaign.

Reda Maher - follow me on Twitter @Reda_Maher / Eurosport

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