England v Sweden: Player ratings

Eurosport's Tom Adams assesses the performances after England's dramatic 3-2 victory over Sweden in their Euro 2012 Group D clash.



GK: Andreas Isaksson – 5

A fine save to keep out a close-range header from Terry was swiftly followed by a horrible error as he completely lost the flight of Walcott’s equaliser for 2-2. The mistake overshadowed the rest of his performance.

RB: Andreas Granqvist – 5

Did not look particularly comfortable when dealing with Young, or indeed Welbeck when he strayed into that area, and was removed after 66 minutes.

CB: Jonas Olsson – 6

Booked for a silly handball, the West Brom man struggled to contain England’s attack at times and his partnership with Mellberg at the back rarely convinced.

CB: Olof Mellberg – 7

Was given a difficult time by Carroll and struggled with the England front-line, but produced one brilliant recovery tackle on Welbeck in the first half and after forcing Johnson into an own goal, then headed home himself as the former Aston Villa defender tormented England a second time.

LB: Martin Olsson – 6

Exposed too often on the left side, though he was given precious little cover by Elm. His attacking contribution was much better though and he embarked on one fine run in the second half that deserved a far better finish from Kallstrom.

RM: Sebastian Larsson – 6

Typically dangerous when given the space to ping in a cross or an aerial pass, the Sunderland midfielder was an intermittent threat for his side but failed to have the decisive impact he is capable of on occasion.

CM: Kim Kallstrom – 6

Went close with one scorching effort but otherwise struggled to impose himself on the game in the first half. He impressed in flashes – a fine block here, a gorgeous pass there – but was somewhat subdued in the centre of midfield.

CM: Anders Svensson – 6

An average performance from a decidedly average player, in the nicest possible way. He drifted through the game without leaving his mark on it in any way.

LM: Rasmus Elm – 5

Lamentable when required to track back and defend. Offensively he too often took the wrong option in the final third and though his influence grew, it was no surprise to see him substituted with Sweden 3-2 down.

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 8

Seemed to enjoy coming deep to take possession of the ball from his position behind Elmander and saw angles that no one else did when playing in team-mates. His use of the ball was superb, his strength impressive. The mercurial Ibrahimovic was the best player on the pitch until Walcott’s arrival.

ST: Johan Elmander – 6

Saw next to nothing of the ball in the first half but grew ever so slightly in prominence as the game wore on. He worked hard but was overshadowed by Ibrahimovic’s starry performance.


Mikael Lustig (on 66’) –6

Looked marginally more comfortable than Granqvist but suffered with the rest of the Sweden team as they allowed England back into the game.

Markus Rosenberg (on 79’) – N/A

Christian Wilhelmsson (on 81’) – N/A


GK: Joe Hart – 6

There were none of the nerves that marked the start of his performance against France and Hart could not be faulted for either Sweden goal. Otherwise he coped well with everything Sweden threw at him – mostly shots from range.

RB: Glen Johnson – 5

Made one crucial interception to prevent Ibrahimovic getting a shot away in the first half and provided a useful outlet when venturing down the right, but he played Mellberg onside before scoring an own goal and had a difficult night at the back.

CB: John Terry – 6

Was typically alert as he cut out a number of Sweden passes in the final third, but suffered one nervy moment when appearing to lose all pace altogether and being overtaken by Ibrahimovic in Sweden’s right channel. Should have scored when heading at Isaksson from close range.

CB: Joleon Lescott – 6

Was acceptable on an individual level, but as part of a defensive collective will not be pleased with either of the Sweden goals or the overall nature of the performance.  The Manchester City defender is gradually improving his partnership with Terry at the heart of the England defence but work remains to be done.

LB: Ashley Cole – 6

Not the most comfortable evening for Cole. A rare misjudgement from a long ball hinted at a below-par performance and he duly delivered. Still, neither goal was his fault and he did cope well with Larsson on the right of the Sweden midfield.

RM: James Milner – 5

Made little appreciable impact on the game on the right wing. Presumably told to aim a succession of crosses at the head of Carroll, the Manchester City midfielder struggled to get into the game before he was replaced by Walcott straight after the second goal, which came about as a result of his reckless tackle.

CM: Steven Gerrard – 7

Another quite brilliant assist for the England captain as he picked out Carroll with a glorious diagonal ball from the right side, but otherwise had a quiet night in Kiev before passing up a great chance to score in injury time. Still, his contribution over two games has been invaluable.

CM: Scott Parker – 6

Denied by a fine save from Isaksson in the early stages, Parker soon reverted to type as a spoiler in midfield and performed the role well. Got a bit lost as the game grew frantic in the second half but was a steady presence overall.

LM: Ashley Young – 5

Slightly more influential out wide than through the centre – the role he was asked to play against France – Young nevertheless wasted one good opportunity when failing to square for Carroll and had another unconvincing night.

ST: Danny Welbeck – 7

Took his goal incredibly well with a backheeled volleyed flick from Walcott’s cross into the centre. Had initially struggled to make his presence felt but his strike was just reward for another encouraging performance at the sharp end of the England attack.

ST: Andy Carroll – 8

Completely justified his selection ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gave Sweden’s defence no pause when throwing his large frame around and scored an exceptional header. His link-up play was also impressive, though he gave away a silly foul for Sweden’s first goal.


Theo Walcott (on 61’) – 9

Got a fraction lucky with his goal but it was still a fantastic hit from the Arsenal forward. His run and cross to set up Welbeck was equally excellent as Walcott enjoyed his finest England performance since a hat-trick in Croatia in 2008. Changed the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on 90’) – N/A

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