England v Italy: Player ratings

We assess England's performances in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.


GK: Joe Hart - 7

Kept out all 20 shots that Italy had on target across 120 minutes as the Azzurri laid siege to the England goal, but despite trying his best to put Italy's players off during the penalty shoot-out, was unable to emerge the hero.

RB: Glen Johnson - 7

Had his finest game of Euro 2012. Johnson defended stoutly and made one crucial block with just two minutes remaining of normal time when extending a leg to prevent Antonio Nocerino from scoring. His anticipation of danger was a huge asset for England.

CB: John Terry - 8

A defensive colossus for England, the former captain led by example with a succession of crucial tackles and blocks. Terry was also unfortunate not to win a penalty when having his shirt blatantly tugged in the Italy box.

CB: Joleon Lescott - 7

An impressive campaign ended with another accomplished performance. Lescott helped resist the incessant Italy attacks, producing blocks and clearing headers at will. His partnership with Terry helped keep the Italians out despite constant pressure.

LB: Ashley Cole - 6

Another average performance over 120 minutes - and that is no criticism of a consistently excellent player - Cole's awful penalty saw Italy decisively take back the initiative in the penalty shoot-out.

RM: James Milner - 6

Made an early impact when Johnson almost scored from his cross but faded from view as England lost any semblance of control over the game. Was replaced by Walcott as England sought more impetus in wide positions.

CM: Scott Parker - 5

Lost possession too frequently and was unable to negate the brilliance of Andrea Pirlo despite being asked to perform a destructive role as always in midfield. Riccardo Montolivo also escaped his clutches too often.

CM: Steven Gerrard - 6

Could not replicate the influential performances that had helped carry England this far. His delivery was good again and he took his penalty well, but a bout of cramp indicated he had been given the run-around by the Italy midfield.

LM: Ashley Young - 4

Continued his terrible form at Euro 2012 with another anonymous performance. Struggled to make any impact on the left wing as Ignazio Abate had the beating of him all night. He swung the shoot-out away from England when smacking the bar.

ST: Wayne Rooney - 5

Just didn't have the match fitness to play to the level of the Italians and it was a surprise to see him remain on the pitch for the duration. Created little though he did threaten to win the game for England late on with an overhead kick.

ST: Danny Welbeck - 5

Wasted a superb chance after 32 minutes when he side-footed over following a neat one-two with Rooney. Welbeck was otherwise rather peripheral, his energy counting for little as England barely threatened in the final third. It was no surprise when he made way for Carroll.


Andy Carroll (on 60') - 6

Held the ball up very well as Hart consistently looked to find him with long punts forward. He played in team-mates well but ultimately could not threaten Buffon.

Theo Walcott (on 61') - 5

Made little impact on the game as England were outplayed.

Jordan Henderson (on 94') - 5

Had too few minutes and found the level too high after replacing a flagging Parker.

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