Euro 2012 qual. - England ratings: Sea of mediocrity

Tue, 12 Oct 23:54:00 2010

How England's players rated in their 0-0 Euro 2012 qualifying draw against Montenegro at Wembley.

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Joe Hart 5/10: The England goalkeeper was a spectator for 80 minutes and was then nearly caught out by a Milan Jovanovic screamer that dipped over his head and crashed back off the bar. Not a busy night.

Glen Johnson 6/10: One of England's best attackers. Johnson showed his usual willing, crossed the ball much better than Adam Johnson and made the most of a quiet night at the back. Careless in possession, though.

Rio Ferdinand 5/10: Defended well, but did not display enough willingness to start attacks from deep positions. Would Spain's Gerard Pique have been as unforthcoming? When he finally entered the Montenegro half, he was dumped on his backside.

Joleon Lescott 5/10: It is difficult to remember a single contribution from the Manchester City man. Fine for a stand-in centre-back, but at his best he is a real threat from set pieces but did not show that a Wembley.

Ashley Cole 6/10: Worked hard as always, but could not mirror the relationship between full-back and winger on the opposite flank with Ashley Young. Equalled Kenny Samson's record for most England appearances as a left-back for England.

Adam Johnson 6/10: Lively but lacking end product. Johnson is presently a media darling, so all the focus was on his desire to run at opponents. Conveniently ignored - his atrocious crossing and wastefulness with several free-kicks.

Gareth Barry 5/10: Had one of England's best chances but scuffed his right-foot shot. Otherwise, it was the kind of night when a genuine passer like Tom Huddlestone, Jack Wilshere or the self-exiled Paul Scholes would have been more effective.

Steven Gerrard 6/10: The Liverpool skipper had his moments, and was England's best passer. But Fabio Capello's encouraging selection of two genuine wingers required Gerrard to take up a more defensive position than in recent, better, performances.

Ashley Young 5/10: Did OK on his first competitive start, but blotted his copybook badly when he was booked for a needless dive when looking for a penalty. Had Young simply carried on running, he might have been fouled anyway.

Wayne Rooney 5/10: Not quite a return to World Cup Rooney, but not far off it, and a depressing step back after a good display against Switzerland. Played deep, got frustrated, missed two good chances. But still England's sharpest player around the box,

Peter Crouch 5/10: Had scored seven goals in his previous five internationals at Wembley, but missed an early header and hardly had a sniff thereafter, Was well shackled by the uncompromising Marko Basa.

Shaun Wright-Phillips 5/10: We don't expect him to do anything in an England shirt, and as such we were not left disappointed. How he still gets a game without even the slightest glimmer of quality remains one of life's enduring mysteries.

Kevin Davies 5/10: Unfortunately, those who thought Davies was too physical for international football appear to have been proved right. Committed umpteen fouls in his 20-minute challenge and picked up the obligatory booking. May not be back.

Montenegro ratings: Mladen Bozovic 7/10, Stefan Savic 6/10, Miodrag Dzudovic 6/10, Marko Basa 7/10, Milan Jovanovic 6/10, Milorad Petkovic 6/, Elsad Zverotic 6/10, Simon Vukcevic 6/10, Mitar Novakovic 6/10, Brankop Boskovic 6/10, Radomir Djalovic, Mladen Kascelan 7/10, Adnrija Delibasic 6/10.


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