Euro 2012 qual. - England ratings: Jittery Johnson

Sat, 04 Jun 17:45:00 2011

Ratings of England's performance in the 2-2 draw against Switzerland at Wembley in Euro 2012 qualifying.

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Joe Hart (Manchester City) - 6: Played well aside from the second goal; he should not be beaten like that at his near post even if his wall is poor.

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) - 4: One of England's prime culprits, constantly exposed at the back and at fault for the free-kick that resulted in the first goal. Causes panic for team-mates and observers.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) - 6: Supposedly back on speaking terms with Terry after armband-gate. Did not look that way at times, but basically all right.

John Terry (Chelsea) - 5: There is a growing concern that, like an anti-R Kelly, Terry's mind tells him yes, but his body - his body - is telling him no. Had to put in some late challenges that a quicker - or better-placed - man would not.

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - 7: Played really well until he came off injured, putting in a couple of vital challenges after dilly-dallying from his team-mates let the Swiss in.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) - 6: Penalty aside, an ordinary first half, bordering on poor when you account for his rotten free-kick. Came off to make way for Young.

Scott Parker (West Ham) - 6: Looks a touch off the pace, having been injured late last season. Perhaps lacking his usual confidence post-relegation.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - 7: England need to get him on the ball as much as possible. The one player, Rooney aside, who can take men on through the middle and beat them. Can put in a reducer too, as seen in his booking.

James Milner (Manchester City) - 6: Too centrally-minded, negative, whatever you want to call it but he is not suited to an advanced wide role. Much better when moved centrally. Partly at fault for the second goal but his second-half performance was good.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - 6: Very quiet game for Theo, who seemed afraid of running at Reto Ziegler, who can be exposed at the back. Bailed Johnson out a few times but only made a few of his driving runs.

Darren Bent (Aston Villa) - 5: Flashes of good play but he's picked to score goals and, frankly, his second bad miss would make Harry Redknapp's missus blush. A howler.


Ashley Young (Aston Villa) - 8: A half-time sub, he should have started and was brilliant from kick off. Superb goal, constant danger, great energy. Man of the match.

Leighton Baines (Everton) - 7: A superb assist for Young's goal, he was impressive at both ends after coming on for the injured Cole.

Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) - 6: A late change but was really bright, putting in some great balls. Too one-footed though - had he used his right for his injury-time finish it may well have gone in and not side netting.

Reda Maher - follow me on Twitter @Reda_Maher / Eurosport

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