International friendlies - England player ratings: Lampard proves worth

Tom Adams grades the England players following their 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley.

International friendlies - England player ratings: Lampard proves worth

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Frank Lampard (L) passes his 100th Cap to father Frank Lampard Senior prior to England’s friendly with Chile (AFP)

GK: Fraser Forster – 6

Conceded after only seven minutes of his international debut but was not at fault when Alexis Sanchez planted his header right in the corner for a seventh goal in his last seven internationals. Otherwise enjoyed a composed first half as he was exposed on numerous occasions by an inattentive defence. Forster was left vulnerable again when Sanchez dinked home a second, though his overall contribution was sound enough.

RB: Glen Johnson – 5

Returning to reclaim the right-back slot from Kyle Walker as he made his first appearance of the season for England, Johnson was part of a shaky back four that struggled to cope with Chile's fluid formation and intelligent movement in the first half. Never looked hugely comfortable against the dangerous Beausejour and offered little going forward bar one wild effort.

CB: Phil Jones – 7

Having played at right-back and in midfield for England, Jones was given a rare chance in his favoured position of centre-back and enjoyed two chances in the first half as well as producing a couple of important blocks. His distribution was sloppy at times but this was a performance that enhanced his credentials, rather than diminished them.

CB: Gary Cahill – 5

Was without established partner Phil Jagielka for the first time in eight games and looked ill at ease dealing with a mobile Chile attack, with the superb Sanchez particularly lively in a withdrawn central role. Let his frustration get the better of him when earning a stupid booking for kicking Felipe Gutierrez and was partly at fault for Sanchez's second late on. His errant pass allowed Chile to score a late second.

LB: Leighton Baines – 5

Having starred in the final two qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro, this was a rather more chastening experience. Baines allowed Mauricio Isla too much space in the build-up to the opener and then allowed Sanchez to get in ahead of him and head home. His short corner taking was also problematic on a night when Ashley Cole's stock rose.

CM: Frank Lampard – 7

Received his 'golden cap' prior to kick-off and turned in a performance which suggested he still has value to this England team as he used the ball intelligently in a deep position in midfield. A vicious deflected free-kick almost caught out Claudio Bravo after 20 minutes but there was no goal to draw level with Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer on 30 international strikes. Still, one of England's better performers.

CM: James Milner - 5

Only Joe Hart has made more appearances under Hodgson but it was still a surprise to see Milner taking up residence in the centre of midfield. Had a shot deflected over the bar and was always willing, but Milner's was a sloppy first half as he ceded possession on numerous occasions. Not a leading contender for a central midfield role, his main value lies as a defensive winger against superior sides or as a hard-working substitute.

AMR: Adam Lallana – 6

Looked tidy on debut as he provided a more considered and controlled option to Andros Townsend on the right of the attack. An early set-piece provided a good chance for Jones but Lallana should have scored himself when he dragged a golden chance wide late in the first half. Faded a bit in the second half but certainly did his future hopes no harm with a quietly impressive 77 minutes.

AMC: Jack Wilshere - 6

Some trademark surging runs provided an intermittent problem for the Chile defence, and Wilshere started the move for Lallana's chance with a gorgeous piece of control and a perfectly-weighted pass, but otherwise he struggled to stamp his authority on the game, losing possession all too frequently in his advanced role. After dropping back to accommodate Defoe, he almost lost his rag when pushing Beausejour and was soon removed.

AML: Jay Rodriguez – 5

Was auditioning for Danny Welbeck's position on debut and never came close to replicating the threat the United man has posed for England. Rodriguez produced one important interception to kick-start a counter-attack on 36 minutes but was wasteful with the sole chance he had in the first half and was removed early in the second.

ST: Wayne Rooney – 6

Had 10 goals in 12 games for his country prior to kick-off but struggled for chances when deployed as a lone striker for the first half. Had more joy when dropping deep to link-up play but this was one of his more frustrating games under Hodgson, against a defence that looked far from impregnable.


Andros Townsend (57, for Rodriguez) - 6

A smart turn and run soon after his introduction showed what Townsend – who had a huge ovation from the Wembley crowd – can do. Looked predictable on occasion when moving onto his favoured left but also proved a threat from the right on occasion.

Chris Smalling (57, for Jones) - 6

Much more impressive in a central defensive role that at right-back, where he often looks exposed, Smalling slotted in acceptably alongside Cahill.

Jermain Defoe (66, for Milner) - 5

Had little service as England toiled in a disjointed second half and hardly had a touch after being employed as the focal point of the attack, in advance of Rooney.

Jordan Henderson (71, for Lampard) - 6

His fine performances at club level were rewarded with an international return and Henderson briefly dazzled with a neat nutmeg at the touchline, before his lack of pace saw him fail to collect the ball the other side of his man. Otherwise did little.

Tom Cleverley (71, for Wilshere) - 5

Was proclaimed by some who should know better as England's next great No.10 back at the start of qualifying, but took up residence deep in midfield to little effect.

Ross Barkley (77, for Lallana) - 5

Took up position behind Defoe as England's formation underwent another late tweak but found the ball hard to come by. His star has faded slightly since an electric start to the season with Everton and failed to produce a compelling moment.

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