England v Ukraine: Player ratings

Eurosport's Tom Adams assesses the performances after England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Donetsk's Donbass Arena.



GK: Joe Hart - 6

Must rue the inability of the players in front of him to hold onto possession, but largely could not be faulted in his own contribution. Made a crucial stop to prevent Devic from scoring when through on goal, even if the ball crossed the line before Terry cleared, though was rather less convincing when palming out an effort from Konoplyanka.

RB: Glen Johnson - 5

Exposed far too frequently by the runs of Konoplyanka, his impact at both ends of the field was somewhat limited. However, Johnson pulled himself together after the break and showed renewed poise as the tie wore on.

CB: Joleon Lescott - 7

Impressive again at the back. His finest moment came with 15 minutes remaining when he stuck out a boot to prevent Milevskiy from heading home from close range after Hart had saved from Konoplyanka’s fierce effort.

CB: John Terry - 7

Another fine performance from one of England's best players at the tournament. He helped repel a succession of Ukraine attacks but should have done better with a header at the other end. His crucial moment came when, having been exposed in the build-up, he cleared from under the bar, even if the match officials failed to spot it had already crossed the line.

LB: Ashley Cole - 6

Misjudged a bouncing ball and was fortunate that Gusev did not punish him early on. Cole looked somewhat out of sorts in a nervous, rather insipid first half for England but along with his side improved in the second.

RM: James Milner - 5

Selected ahead of Walcott despite the winger's impact against Sweden, Milner was virtually anonymous in the first half and failed to track back and help out Johnson - ostensibly the reason he got into the team ahead of the Arsenal man.

CM: Steven Gerrard - 8

England’s captain was a threat once again with his nicely-flighted free-kicks and did fantastically well when creating the goal following a corner. Gerrard’s delivery has been central to England’s success and here it was matched by his all-round game.

CM: Scott Parker - 7

Produced a typically excellent block in a performance that did not divert a fraction from the norm; Parker even earned raucous cheers for blocking a cross with his face in the closing stages. Extracted every ounce of sweat as he refused to stop running.

LM: Ashley Young - 5

Again marginalised in an ineffectual performance, Young's form is cause for concern. He drifted in and out of the game on the left wing and failed to influence proceedings as he would have liked.

ST: Wayne Rooney - 7

England had waited two games for their attacking talisman to return but he made a big error in the first half when failing to head home despite being well placed to meet a Young cross at the back post. That became redundant just three minutes into the second half when he headed home and Rooney was far more influential in his link-up play thereafter.

ST: Danny Welbeck - 6

Far too isolated in a first half in which he completed just five passes, but the Manchester United forward grew into the contest and showed some nice touches when linking up with Rooney before his late removal for Carroll.


Theo Walcott (on 70') – 6

Failed to make the impact he did against Sweden and saw little of the ball. Was begging for a better pass when accelerating into the box to the left of Oxlade-Chamberlain late on.

Andy Carroll (on 82’) – 6

Proved a menace in his short time on the pitch when fighting for every aerial ball.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on 87’) – N/A


GK: Andriy Pyatov - 4

Made a mess of a dangerous free-kick from Gerrard in an early sign of his fragility and was woefully culpable for England's goal as he allowed a deflected cross from the opposition's captain to squirm up off his arm and into the path of Rooney.

RB: Oleh Gusev - 7

Exploited an error from Cole to fizz a shot just over early on and was an important component in Ukraine's high-tempo start. He showed plenty of attacking intent and coped well with Young and Cole when they came forward on his side of the pitch.

CB: Yevhen Khacheridi – 5

Was a touch unconvincing and allowed Rooney to get away from him all too frequently in the second half. The centre-back was more of a liability as Ukraine allowed themselves to be opened up and looked vulnerable to pace.

CB: Yaroslav Rakitskiy - 6

Always looked keen to fire long diagonal balls out from the back and proved successful when doing so. Showed off his adventurous streak at times with a couple of long-range efforts.

LB: Yevhen Selin - 6

Was keen to join Konoplyanka in attacking the left side and whipped in one lovely low cross. Was given a difficult time by Gerrard when the captain probed wide on the England right but otherwise coped well with Milner and Walcott.

RM: Andriy Yarmolenko - 7

Criminally hesitated when played through on goal and saw another rather weak effort repelled by Hart. Still his movement posed England problems in the first half and he channelled Maradaona with one extraordinary dribble. He was involved in most of Ukraine’s best moments and went close late on.

CM: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk - 6

As calm and composed as you would expect from a man wearing the captain's armband and with well over 100 caps to his name. Tymoshchuk slowed the tempo when required but in the second half was unable to get a grip on what became an open contest.

CM: Oleh Garmash - 6

A fine effort from range after only seven minutes signalled his intent and the midfield, playing in an advanced role, was a constant threat with his clever movement. However, his influence waned as the game wore on and he became rather lost as an end-to-end contest developed.

LM: Yevhen Konoplyanka - 7

A real livewire on the left side of the Ukraine attack, the young man from Dnipro exhibited his excellent technique when taking on his man and was keen to drift central to influence the game. One thumping effort almost deceived Hart in the second half though the quality of his final product dropped.

ST: Marko Devic - 6

Showed a good touch and was mobile in attack, but saw too little of the ball in the first half. He was denied what should have been a goal when his effort bounced up off Hart and just sneaked over the line, only for the match officials to fail to spot it.

ST: Artem Milevskiy – 6

Missed a golden opportunity to head in an equaliser for Ukraine after 61 minutes and was involved in the game’s big moment of controversy, even if he was offside when the ball was played to him over the top and before he found Devic.


Andriy Shevchenko (on 71') – 6

Booked for a scything challenge on Young and his last international appearance was a bit of a non-event.

Bohdan Butko (on 77’) – N/A

Serhiy Nazarenko (on 78’) – N/A

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