World Cup: England player ratings: Hart-ache for Joe in Warsaw

Eurosport's Desmond Kane rates the England performance in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Poland as a rare Joe Hart error proves so costly.

World Cup: England player ratings: Hart-ache for Joe in Warsaw

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Joe Hart fails to reach the ball as Poland equalise

GK: Joe Hart 5 – The Manchester City goalkeeper has been a picture of consistency during his time in goal for club and country, but was man enough to admit blame for his part in the goal that led to Poland's equaliser. Was clearly at fault as he ended up punching fresh air when Kamil Glik headed home from Ludovic Obraniak's corner on 70 minutes. Not the best evening for a figure who has been recently touted as the world's best. But then again, we all have off nights.

RB: Glen Johnson 8 – Excellent covering to snuff out danger when Phil Jagielka messed up a clearance in the second half. A competent display going forward and covering his central defenders. Alongside Steven Gerrard, can be regarded as a purposeful performer on the night. Also denied a probable penalty when he was clearly held after evading a home defender in the second period that proved a pivotal decision. Or non-decision by the Italian referee.

CB: Phil Jagielka 5 – Failed to put his foot through a low cross early in the second half, but escaped courtesy of Johnson's diligent covering work. Poland generally provided some moments of discomfort for him. Jagielka will probably look back on this match as a night when he had to show some character in trying circumstances. At least it was not a defeat in the first probing outing post John Terry.

CB: Joleon Lescott 6 – Lescott was outjumped by Glik for the home side's equalising goal. Was forced to defend deeper and deeper the longer the match ran on. A frantic evening for Lescott and Jagielka at the heart of the England defence. Their fledgling partnership will certainly encounter easier evenings than this.

LB: Ashley Cole 6 – Was subjected to a torrid sort of night on the left flank in winning his 99th cap as Poland set about their task with some relish, especially with Kamil Grosicki and Lucasz Piszczek enjoying the challenge of restoring parity. Had more to trouble him than his Twitter account.

CM: Michael Carrick 5 – It is not being insulting to say that the match seemed to drift by without Carrick rising to prominence. Was hardly noticed. And that is not good for a figure in the boiler room. Another player guilty of giving the ball away far too cheaply.

CM: – Steven Gerrard 7 – The most enterprising of England's midfielders, but the captain was unable to help them retain the ball as Poland built pressure in the second half. His delivery from dead ball situations remains impeccable as he provided Rooney with England's first goal from a corner-kick amid a series of eye-catching crosses.

RM: James Milner 6 – Probably one of England's brighter performers, but was not able to hurtle himself into the opposing areas often enough. Got caught up in the general malaise of lacking quality in his final ball in the second half.

LM: Tom Cleverley 5 – Played out of his usual position on England's left flank and played himself out of the game. Did not really do enough to help out Cole against some marauding home players.

ST: Wayne Rooney 5 – Gave England the lead by shouldering home from a corner as he looked to head the ball. Was otherwise indifferent, missing an attempted volleyed clearance in his own box, giving the ball away needlessly and lamely shooting over when fed by a Danny Welbeck pass that seemed likelier to find a second goal. Now has nine goals in 11 international matches, the only real positive from his performance. Tends to get singled out for criticism because so much more is expected of him.

ST: Jermain Defoe 5 – Had a real chance to put England two goals up at the far post but sliced his volley back across goal in one of his side's rare offensive moments. Apart from that, was largely anonymous. Removed and replaced by Welbeck.


Danny Welbeck (on 67) 5 – Should have finished matters off when he galloped onto James Milner's pass moments after replacing Defoe. The Poland goalkeeper managed to get a slight touch to the ball, but Welbeck had the chance to unload a shot that never came. Hesitated before picking out Rooney to lift the ball well over. Poland equalised seconds later.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on 73) 6 – Decent probing run and cross that required immediate attention by the Poland captain Marcin Wasilewski. Did not really have enough time to impact upon the match.

POLAND: Tyton 6, Piszczek 7, Wasilewski 7, Glik 8, Wawrzyniak 6, Polanski 6, Grosicki 6, Kryshowiak 6, Wszolek 7, Obraniak 8, Lewandowski 6. Subs: Mierzejewski 6, Borysiuk 6, Milik 6

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