World Cup - England player ratings

Thu, 15 Oct 01:34:00 2009

Our ratings of England's players in the 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.

FOOTBALL World Cup qualifying 2010 England Belarus Beckham - 0

Ben Foster (7) - Not called into too much action. Made one brilliant save but looked a touch shaky on wide deliveries.

Glen Johnson (7) - Had a good game going forward, positionally suspect as ever but made a few good interceptions to keep Belarus at bay.

Wayne Bridge (7) - A similar performance to Johnson, Bridge proved a more than capable stand-in for Ashley Cole both in attack and defence.

Rio Ferdinand (7) - Much better than against Ukraine, was composed if a little lacking in match sharpness.

John Terry (7) - Made one mistake giving the ball away, but solved it with a storming tackle. Otherwise did not put a foot wrong and almost scored with a spectacular first-half volley.

Aaron Lennon (7) - Was sharp and incisive on the right wing, put in some good balls and showed great energy chasing the opposition.

Shaun Wright-Phillips (7) - Worked tirelessly out of position on the left and took his goal well, helped by some poor keeping.

Frank Lampard (7) - Slick and efficient, went close with one free-kick and allowed Gareth Barry to move forward.

Gareth Barry (8) - An excellent performance going forward and protecting, Barry was efficient in possession and was a creative force for the hosts.

Peter Crouch (9) - Hit two poacher's goals in a bustling performance that could have seen him score four or five if his heading was as accurate as his first touch.

Gabriel Agbonlahor (7) - Was a nightmare for the Belarus defence with his pace, work-rate and general movement. An excellent foil for Crouch and showed Fabio Capello that options exist outside Wayne Rooney


David Beckham (8) - Was given man-of-the-match by Steve Bruce, which was a little much, but he played very well after coming on an hour in. Put in some dangerous crosses, hit the post, assisted Wright-Phillips with his goal, ran around chasing everything and everyone and provided good cover to Johnson.

James Milner (7) - Another good cameo from the dribbling man's Phil Neville, at left-back this time, the Villa man hit the post after a superb solo run, popped up pretty much everywhere along the flank and surely will go to South Africa for his versatility alone.

Carlton Cole (7) - Did well in place of Agbonlahor, playing alongside Crouch in a big-man, big-man combination. Credited with an assist after his shot was diverted into Crouch's path.

Reda MAHER / Eurosport

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