England player ratings vs Bosnia: Eberechi Eze electric but Marc Guehi shows jitters in Euro 2024 warm-up

England’s preparations for the European Championship began in earnest with a 3-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James’ Park.

After a drab first half, Cole Palmer’s penalty, a brilliant first-time finish by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane’s close-range strike settled a one-sided friendly.

An experimental England XI were flat in the opening 45 minutes illuminated by Eberechi Eze, but livelier after the interval, with Gareth Southgate making a string of changes following the opening goal.

Here’s how we rated the England players…

Jordan Pickford 6

Did not have a serious save to make. If we’re nit-picking, he fluffed one kick and flapped at one corner.

Ezri Konsa 7

A threat at attacking set-pieces and won England’s penalty when he was dragged down by his shirt.

Earlier had an effort parried by goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj in an encouraging run out. Started at right-back, finished at centre-back – his versatility is an asset.

Marc Guehi 5

Lost possession with a loose pass leading to a Bosnian chance late in the first half in a slightly jittery showing. Booked.

Lewis Dunk 6

Occasionally a little clumsy but did his job on the rare occasions Bosnia threatened in the final third.

Kieran Trippier 6

Tidy in possession but offered little in the way of thrust down the left flank, frequently looking to cut back on his right foot.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 8

Outstanding after the interval, both in midfield and after switching to right-back for the final half an hour. Took his goal superbly.

Conor Gallagher 7

Will be encouraged to get 90 minutes to show what he can do in the engine room. Industrious and tenacious without the ball but a little wasteful with it.

Jarrod Bowen 7

More involved after the break and was a threat down the right, his energy and directness unsettling Bosnia’s defence.

Cole Palmer 7

Scored from the spot in his last action of the game. Not at his sharpest but made an early chance for Watkins and got into some promising positions.

Eberechi Eze 8

Comfortably England’s liveliest player in a pedestrian first half. Always looked to take on his man and his directness and control were eye-catching.

Ollie Watkins 6

Had a couple of efforts saved in a slow first half and occasionally threatened to get behind the Bosnia defence.


Harry Kane (Watkins 62’) 8

Immediately offered England more of a focal point in attack and went close with a fierce long-range effort before a poacher’s finish in the box added to his goal tally.

James Maddison (Eze 62’) 7

Sharp and made the third goal with a cut-back. Still, Eze’s performance meant he may ultimately be one of the night’s losers.

Adam Wharton (Trippier 62’) 7

Composed on his debut, albeit in relatively low-pressure circumstances. Clearly comfortable receiving possession in tight areas.

Jarrad Branthwaite (Guehi 62’) 6

Comfortable on the ball but had no defending to do as England dominated the final half an hour. Booked.

Jack Grealish (Palmer 62’) 8

Made the second goal with a brilliant ball for Alexander-Arnold and also involved in the build-up to the third. A timely reminder of his quality.

Joe Gomez (Dunk 73’) 6

Solid in a late run out but feels behind Konsa in the race to be England’s utility man at the back.

Not used: Ramsdale, Quansah, Rice, Toney, Jones, Henderson, Trafford.