France v England player ratings

Player ratings from the opening game of England's Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donetsk.



GK: Hugo Lloris - 6

France's captain had virtually nothing to do aside from pick the ball out of the net for Lescott's opener. His defence let him down for the goal.

RB: Mathieu Debuchy - 8

Relished the chance to fill in for the injured Bacary Sagna, pushing forward at every opportunity into the space in behind Oxlade-Chamberlain. His bright, energetic performance was distinctly memorable in an otherwise somewhat forgettable contest.

CB: Adil Rami - 5

His partnership with Mexes has been under scrutiny in France and he looked uncomfortable in the opening stages as England found space in the final third. France's poorest performer, the Valencia man still did enough to ensure Laurent Koscielny will remain on the bench for their next game.

CB: Philippe Mexes - 6

Suffered from the same problems as Rami in the first half but looked more convincing in the second and made one crucial late interception to prevent Welbeck connecting with Milner's cross.

LB: Patrice Evra - 6

Milner never really tested the Manchester United full back, who has had an unconvincing season on the domestic front but looked comfortable for most of this contest.

DM: Alou Diarra - 5

At fault for Lescott's opening goal as he allowed the defender to reach Gerrard's cross ahead of him. Was unfortunate not to score a goal of his own when being denied by Hart but his critical error overshadowed the rest of his performance.

CM: Yohan Cabaye - 7

Was desperately unlucky to see one late effort deflect wide off Welbeck and had a bright game. The Newcastle midfielder was fortunate not to see yellow for a succession of fouls but caused England problems throughout, particularly from just outside the box.

CM: Florent Malouda - 6

A patchy performance from the Chelsea man, who never really convinced in a more central role. His use of the ball was unimpressive and Malouda was rarely a threat to the England defence.

AMR: Samir Nasri - 8

His use of the ball was largely exemplary and a lovely goal was just reward for an excellent first half in which he found space with regularity in the centre and to the right. His influence waned a touch but he made an important contribution for his side in the final third.

AML: Frank Ribery - 7

A typically tricky customer, he had plenty of the ball down the French left and found a pocket of space to get the assist for Nasri's goal. Ribery can perform better than he did in Donetsk, even if he linked up very with Nasri and Benzema across the front three.

ST: Karim Benzema - 6

Flitted in and out of the game as France's lone striker but was unlucky to be denied on a couple of occasions by Hart. It came as something of a surprise that he was not replaced or joined in attack by Olivier Giroud.


Hatem Ben Arfa (on 84') - N/A

Some nice touches from the Newcastle man but his introduction came too late.

Marvin Martin (on 85') - N/A

Had little time to impress and saw little of the ball.


GK: Joe Hart - 7

Probably England's best player with Wayne Rooney suspended, Hart looked nervous early on when flapping at the ball a couple of times but reverted to type with a stunning save to keep out a header from Alou Diarra. Was perhaps a touch unconvincing when dealing with Nasri's equaliser, but otherwise coped well with what France threw at him.

RB: Glen Johnson - 7

Had plenty of the ball and looked to get forward when not tied up with the responsibility of dealing with Ribery. His input in the final third was a touch muted as he suffered along with the rest of his team-mates in attack, but it was a good performance from a player some might have considered leaving at home for the tournament.

CB: Joleon Lescott - 8

Scored the opening goal with a firm header and formed a solid enough partnership with Terry at the heart of the England defence. Benzema's movement gave him a few problems but Gary Cahill's replacement coped well and played a big role in securing a valuable point.

CB: John Terry - 7

A typically robust performance from the former captain in the first half as he took one pass away from Benzema with an outstretched leg and made his presence felt in the box. He anticipated danger effectively and helped keep France out for long spells.

LB: Ashley Cole - 6

Was not the busiest member of the England back four with Nasri often drifting to the centre from the right, but coped well when called upon in his usual unfussy style. His link-up play with Oxlade-Chamberlain was rather sporadic though.

RM: James Milner - 5

Guilty of a horrid miss after being played in by Young and rounding Hugo Lloris but was typically energetic, even if the ground he covered did not tally with the influence he had on the game. Almost gifted France a goal with a sloppy backpass.

CM: Scott Parker - 6

An archetypal Parker performance: full of running and throwing his body in the way of shots, his contribution was entirely unspectacular. Tired towards the end but initially refused to come off before England eventually replaced him with Henderson.

CM: Steven Gerrard - 7

A wonderful assist for Lescott as his free-kick from the right found the defender's head in the six-yard box. Gerrard and England sat too deep throughout against France and he did not dominate the game as he can, but it was an acceptable night's work for the Liverpool man.

LM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7

Making his first competitive appearance, the Arsenal youngster showed a few lovely touches and stretched the French defence well. Booked for a rash challenge on Debuchy and didn't see a lot of the ball in a quiet second half.

AM: Ashley Young - 6

Unlucky not to get an assist when Milner failed to score from his cute through-ball. In the second half he became marginalised as England created little in the final third. Drifted through the game.

ST: Danny Welbeck - 7

His movement caused the French defence problems but the Manchester United forward was too isolated as England sat deep at the Donbass Arena. That was not his fault of course, and when he was involved Welbeck demonstrated why he has been picked ahead of Carroll with a purposeful performance.


Jermain Defoe (on 77') - 6

Didn't get the solitary chance he sometimes needs to transform a game as England failed to play him in.

Jordan Henderson (on 78') - 6

The man called from the standby list to replace Gareth Barry didn't put a foot wrong after his introduction but neither did he make an appreciable impact on the game.

Theo Walcott (90+1') - N/A

Given no time to influence the game.

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