England player ratings vs Andorra: Lingard and Bellingham shine but Alexander-Arnold struggles in midfield

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 (The FA via Getty Images)
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England turned on the style late in their World Cup qualifier against Andorra at Wembley.

The Three Lions only led 1-0 against the Group I minnows for much of Sunday evening’s contest, but the floodgates opened in the final 20 minutes after the introductions of Harry Kane, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish from the bench.

Jesse Lingard scored a brace for England, while Kane notched a penalty and Bukayo Saka scored on his return to Wembley, 56 days after missing the crucial penalty in the Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.

James Robson runs the rule over England’s individual performances...

Sam Johnstone 5

Barely touched the ball and was a spectator like the majority inside Wembley. Just as well it was such a warm evening, otherwise he might have caught a chill.

Reece James 6

A revelation when moved into midfield in the second half and nearly scored a wonder goal when hitting the crossbar from distance.

Conor Coady 6

Not far from scoring a spectacular overhead kick. Given the lack of a test he got at the back, he might as well have played up front.

Tyrone Mings 6

Totally untroubled and showed some nice touches when on the ball. He will not get an easier game in an England shirt.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 5

Struggled to make an impact when starting in a midfield role. Was more effective when moved out wide, which could end any talk of him switching position in the future.

Jude Bellingham 8

Confidence to pull off tricks and his smart footwork was a feature. So was his running from deep, but he did not get the service that deserved.

Jordan Henderson 7

Given the role of orchestrator and had plenty of time to pick off his passes given how deep Andorra sat. Good quality with the ball, but difficult to open up the defence.

Kieran Trippier 6

He was virtually a left winger, such was the amount of time he spent in Andorra’s half. Might have done better with the ball.

Jesse Lingard 8

Fired England ahead with a well-taken shot and added a second late on. A constant threat to very limited opposition. How long can he stay in the England squad if he does not play for Manchester United?

Bukayo Saka 7

His runs troubled Andorra. Set up Lingard’s opener and got on the scoresheet himself for the biggest cheer of the night.

Patrick Bamford 5

What an opportunity to get his England career off to a flying start, but missed a great chance to open his account after the break. Service to him was poor throughout.

Subs

Mason Mount (Bellingham, 62) 6

Made an immediate impact when being brought down in the box for the penalty that doubled England’s lead.

Jack Grealish (James, 62) 6

Added some much-needed sparkle, including the run and through ball to Mount in the build-up to England’s penalty.

Harry Kane (Bamford, 62) 6

Now on 40 goals for England – 13 behind Rooney. He will surely become the nation’s all-time leading scorer and if he had started this game, he may have been much closer to that target.

Subs not used: Shaw, Rice, Stones, Phillips, Walker, Maguire, Sterling, Pope, Pickford

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