World Cup - England player ratings: Lambert fairytale continues

England player ratings for the World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley.

World Cup - England player ratings: Lambert fairytale continues

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Joe Hart (6) Peter Shilton could have come out of retirement for the night. As easy a match as an England goalkeeper can expect at this level. Only seemed to touch the ball when his defenders knocked it back to him. Can expect a busier time in Kiev.

Ashley Cole (7) Set up Danny Welbeck for a shot in the first half before being replaced by Leighton Baines at half-time. No doubt Roy Hodgson will hope to have him ready for what awaits his side on Tuesday.

Phil Jagielka (7) Made one competent sliding challenge on Serghei Gheorghiev in the first period after a loose ball had broken to the Moldova man off Steven Gerrard, but this was not really a match to learn anything about England's defence.

Gary Cahill (7) Doing a decent job for club and country at the moment. Rarely examined in this match, but did most things sensibly enough.

Kyle Walker (7) Typically energetic performance. Bounded up and down the right flank with real relish. And his crossing was an eye-catching facet of England's superiority against the world's 123rd best side.

Steven Gerrard (9) Is a delight to watch on such nights. His range of passing and delivery was bewitching. His goal was beguiling, but he needs to rage at the heart of a midfield torrent in Kiev to prove his truth worth. Gerrard's opening goal ended a run of 18 appearances for the captain without scoring for England.

Frank Lampard (8) Clearly relocated and rejuvenated since Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, Lampard looks like a new man. More everblue than evergreen, but Lampard remains far from creaky in winning his 99th cap. Unlucky not to score when the Moldova keeper Stanislav Namasco knew nothing about his shot in the second half yet somehow swung a leg to nudge it over.

Jack Wilshere (7) A real class act for club and country. Departed with a degree of concern after copping a heavy tackle in the first half to be replaced by Ross Barkley.

Theo Walcott (7) Plenty of scope to impress against such a poor side, but will need to be sharper against Ukraine. Caught offside when he should have been in on goal during the first half. Speculative shot enabled Lambert to score, but that was due to Namasco's ongoing stresses in goal.

Rickie Lambert (8) The daydream continues for Lambert. Two goals in his first two games, and now two assists for Danny Welbeck. With Welbeck missing against Ukraine due to suspension, will hope to start. Something suggests Daniel Sturridge may yet get the jersey if he is fit. Lambert as an impact substitute could be a wiser way to go.

Danny Welbeck (8) Victim of a wretched decision by the Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak to book him when he shot seconds after being deemed offside. Could have lost his way mentally, but showed terrific fortitude to score two fine goals. Anybody who suggests Welbeck is not a natural finisher should enjoy England's fourth goal in this match.


Ross Barkley (7) An energetic cameo from the debutant. Unlucky not to find a goal with a shot from distance. No longer available for Nigeria, but is unlikely to face Ukraine.

Leighton Baines (6) A reliable full-back to call upon if Cole is missing. Showed why with an outing of typical energy and consistency after replacing the Chelsea left-back at half-time.

James Milner (6) Somehow managed to lift the ball over the bar from five yards out in the death throes of injury time. Was not his finest moment, but nobody cares. Will hope to be involved in Kiev.

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