Euro 2012 qual. - Ratings: Rampant Rooney

Sat, 04 Sep 09:45:00 2010

We give out ratings of England’s performances in their 4-0 Euro 2012 qualifying win over Bulgaria.

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Joe Hart: Was solid and dominated his area, and when called upon to make saves did so in some style - his stop from Dimitar Rangelov was outstanding. (8)

Glen Johnson: As usual was plenty of fun going forward but occasionally exposed at the back. Almost scored a freakish own goal, stopped by Hart. (6)

Michael Dawson: Had a decent game before having the worst 60 seconds of his career - almost caused a goal for Bulgaria with a missed header, then suffered a bad injury. (6)

Phil Jagielka: A solid performance on his first competitive start for England, the Everton defender was sharp in the tackle and showed good positional sense and a turn of pace. John who? (7)

Ashley Cole: Laid on Defoe's opener and as usual provided an attacking threat from left-back all night, although that was at times to the detriment of his defensive duties.(7)

Steven Gerrard: Given more freedom thanks to Frank Lampard’s absence, made some surging runs and showed a good range of passing. Went close with a free-kick, had another effort saved. (7)

Gareth Barry: A key culprit in England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany, he showed an excellent range of passing and covered Gerrard and Walcott well. Not the quickest, but not relevant when sitting. (7)

Theo Walcott: Given a chance after some superb club form, he made some decent runs but seemed less suited to a wide midfield role than playing up front. (6)

James Milner: Boundless energy on the left and a constant thorn in the Bulgaria defence’s side - so much so that he got right-back Stanislav Manolev substituted. (7)

Jermain Defoe: A perfect performance from a man initially expected to miss out due to groin surgery. A brilliant hat-trick, including two with his left. Full marks. (10)

Wayne Rooney: Normally he would have got man of the match for three assists, some deft touches and appearing to be everywhere at once. A return to form. (9)

Substitutes:

Gary Cahill: Came on for Dawson, had little to do but almost let Bulgaria in with a wild clearance - again Hart was on hand to save the day. (6)

Adam Johnson: A surprise omission, Johnson came on and showed great skill and direct running, capping it off with a goal. (8)

Ashley Young: A late replacement for the injured Defoe, not enough time to make an impact. (6)

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