England 4 Montenegro 1: Player ratings as Andros Townsend stars

England 4 Montenegro 1: Player ratings as Andros Townsend impresses on his Three Lions debut

By Liam Garrahan
England
4
Montenegro
1

England

Joe Hart Received a lot of criticism coming into the game but aside from one shaky moment when his clearance fell to a Montenegrin, Hart was largely unchallenged. Made a great save from Damjanovic’s header but could do very little about his goal. 6/10

Kyle Walker Managed to get himself booked and thus suspended for Tuesday’s crunch match against Poland. Will be disappointed when he sees the replay. Fed Townsend well and was solid defensively. 6

Phil Jagielka Won his aerial battles and didn’t put a foot wrong all game, however there was nothing exceptional about his performance either. 6

Gary Cahill Like Jagielka, he wasn’t really challenged tonight. Did his job quietly and well. 6

Leighton Baines Questionable set-piece delivery but bombed forward with the same tenacity that he displays at Everton. Wasn’t allowed as far forward as he is at club level. 6

Steven Gerrard Broke up play well in the midfield as he always does. Together with Lampard, he dispelled rumours that the two of them can’t play together. 7

Frank Lampard Along with Gerrard, a very cool and experienced head in the middle of the pitch. His passing and moving created space for the English forwards to exploit. 7

Andros Townsend (Man of the match) Forget the fact that he was a “surprise starter”, Townsend was a breath of fresh air. He scored a fantastic goal and his tireless running and direct play made him a constant peril for the defence. Subbed off to a standing ovation. 10

Daniel Sturridge Took his penalty well. Sturridge’s shooting in the first half was more comparable to rugby rather than a Premier League striker in the form of his life. Things brightened up in the second but he didn’t capture his current Liverpool form. 7

Wayne Rooney Bagged a poacher’s goal which was a good example of why Rooney needs to be deployed further up the pitch. Dropped into midfield a lot to receive the ball and try to create opportunities. 8

Danny Welbeck Starting down the left flank, Welbeck cut inside well and combined with Sturridge and Rooney but didn’t find himself with many clear cut chances. 7

Substitutes

Michael Carrick The United midfielder came on to sure up the midfield with 25 minutes to spare. Overlooked previously by Hodgson but did his chances of being on the plane to Brazil no harm here. 6

James Milner Hodgson’s another England manager (at any level) to add to the list that sees Milner as a safe option in the closing moments. The City player didn’t let his boss down. 5

Jack Wilshere Was he on the pitch? The Arsenal midfielder was anonymous during the final ten minutes. 5

Montenegro

Vukasin Poleksic Not their usual starter. Made a good save from a tricky Gerrard shot from range. Another stand-out save from a Welbeck rocket which he saw late. Unlucky to concede an own goal. 6

Savo Pavicevic Booked for a silly challenge on Welbeck in the second half. Got caught out of position on the odd occasion, bringing Baines into the game. 5

Milan Jovanovic It’s very hard to pick out a good performance in a defence that conceded four goals but his first-half performance wasn’t too bad. 5

Stefan Savic Cleaned up well in a packed penalty area. Very little got past him in the first half. 5

Ivan Kecojevic Just couldn’t handle Townsend tonight. Beaten by the debutant nearly every time they had a one-on-one. Gave away a penalty in the dying moments. 4

Vladimir Volkov Failed to make a lasting impression on the game thanks to Baines. 5

Nikola Drincic Almost ineffectual thanks to Townsend’s back-tracking and Walker’s pace. 5

Branko Boskovic Scored a horrific own goal from just inside his own area with no pressure on him. His team-mates picked him up but this incident clearly stuck in his head. 5

Elsad Zverotic A bit of a ghost performance in midfield from Zverotic. Out-muscled by Townsend for his goal and couldn’t cope with Gerrard and Lampard. 5

Stevan Jovetic With his side parking the bus, Jovetic received very little service but he still managed to rattle the crossbar with a shot from range. 7

Dejan Damjanovic Diverted Vukcevic’s drilled cross into the bottom corner, piling the pressure on England to hold on to the lead. Was lively with his running throughout the night. 7

Substitutes

Simon Vukcevic The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder got an assist during his short time on the pitch. 6

Fatos Beqiraj Replaced Pavicevic but pushed forward to the right wing role to little effect. 5

Filip Kasalica Tasked with the nigh-on-impossible job of turning round a two-goal deficit. Barely had a touch. 5

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