World Cup - Player ratings: England's second-half swoon

England's World Cup qualifier in Montenegro was a classic game of two halves - but who held their own and who wilted on a feisty night in Podgorica?

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World Cup - Player ratings: England's second-half swoon
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Wayne Rooney shoots against Montenegro

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart - 6

Gave a shaky performance after the break when England were desperate for cool heads. Nearly fumbled a routine save into his own net. His best save came moments before Dejan Damjanovic's equaliser.

Right-back: Glen Johnson - 6

Enjoyed a swashbuckling first half, striding forward and nearly scoring an outrageous 30-yarder. But when faced with Stevan Jovetic after Montenegro's tactical switch, Johnson endured a torrid time as his defensive frailties were exposed.

Centre-back: Joleon Lescott - 7

Another player whose performance tailed off. Lescott was generally solid but switched off at key moments - such as when a Stefan Savic clearance stayed in play and Mirko Vucinic latched on to it. Could have done better with the goal.

Centre-back: Chris Smalling - 6

Succumbed to the pressure of Montenegro's stirring comeback. Smalling lost his composure completely, whacking clearances into the crowd where previously he would have found a team-mate.

Left-back: Ashley Cole - 7

England's Mr Reliable delivered another solid performance, but substitute Dejan Damjanovic did cause him some awkward moments. Nonetheless, Cole was one of England's better performers over the 90 minutes.

Central midfield: Michael Carrick - 7

The visitors' best passer, Carrick enjoyed an excellent first half, unobtrusively linking things together and maintaining England's flow. Obviously less effective when things started to fall apart, Carrick still did his bit defensively.

Central midfield: Tom Cleverley - 5 (off for Young, 76 minutes)

Went missing in the second half as the game passed him by. Given no time to find a team-mate, the Manchester United man failed to make much positive impact and should have been substituted earlier.

Central midfield: Steven Gerrard - 6

Twice went close to nicking a late winner, but otherwise the England captain was off his game. His penchant for showy long passes several times led to problems, while he was unable to provide the desired thrust through the middle.

Right wing: James Milner - 5

After some promising early forays. Milner's influence waned. Despite his willingness to muck in for the team, England cried out for the counter-attacking threat of the injured Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon, or unused substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Left wing: Danny Welbeck - 7

Probably the team's most effective attacker, Welbeck continues to impress in an England shirt. Booked for diving when he could easily have won a penalty - there was contact from Stefan Savic, but Welbeck's exaggerated fall screamed 'simulation'.

Striker: Wayne Rooney - 7

Though he failed to influence the second half, Rooney has quietly come into form for England. He and has found the net in his last five England games and is the first player in a decade to score in four consecutive qualifiers.

Substitute: Ashley Young - 6 (on for Cleverley, 76 mins)

England improved after his introduction. Made a couple of promising runs but did not have time to properly change the game.

Manager: Roy Hodgson - 6

At the break, it looked like the most impressive performance of his reign as England boss, but what on earth did they put in the half-time isotonic drinks? Hodgson was too slow to react when it became clear things were going awry.

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