England 0 Germany 1: Player ratings as Arsenal’s Mertesacker nets winner

England 0 Germany 1: Player ratings as Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker nets the winner at Wembley on Tuesday night

By Liam Garrahan
England
0
Germany
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England

Joe Hart A big game for England’s number one. He hadn’t played for three weeks since being dropped by Manchester City for a series of mistakes. Made a fantastic save from a Mertesacker header in the first half before the German opened the scoring moments later. Made a poor judgment when he clattered into Smalling. 7/10

Kyle Walker Got caught in possession too often. Linked up well with Townsend but couldn’t get forward like he does for Tottenham. 5

Chris Smalling At fault for Mertesacker’s goal when he let the defender get the run on him and rise higher. 5

Phil Jagielka Defended relatively well and pulled off the offside trap with the rest of the back four. Put his body on the line numerous times. 6

Ashley Cole Put in a shift that showed exactly why he’s still England’s best left-back. Baines will prove stiff competition but he should have a ticket to Brazil with his name on it. Full of attacking impetus and broke up play well. 8

Steven Gerrard Controlled the midfield in the early stages and showed a good range of passing. 6

Tom Cleverley The weak-link in England’s midfield tonight. So far hasn’t shown that he has international quality. 4

Andros Townsend Smashed the post from 30 yards and looked dangerous every time he ventured forward. 7

Adam Lallana Donning the number seven shirt on only his second international appearance, the Southampton man had a lot to live up to. Looked creative and very lively and battled well. 7

Wayne Rooney Didn’t contribute much tonight and looked a lone figure sometimes at the top of the England attack. 6

Daniel Sturridge Didn’t have the best of games for his country and didn’t force a single save from Weidenfeller. Fortunate to last the full 90 minutes. 5

Substitutes

Kieran Gibbs After Cole’s performance, Gibbs had big boots to fill but the young Gunner managed to hold his own in his first international appearance since the days of Fabio Capello. 6

Jordan Henderson With the Under-21s smashing San Marino 9-0, their former captain was thrown into a challenging game against the Germans. He didn’t make much of a contribution but did thread a perfect through ball to Sturridge who should’ve done better. 6

Jack Wilshere Should probably take lessons from Aaron Ramsey in retaining possession on the run. Was out-muscled on a number of occassions. 6

Ross Barkley Poor corner and looked a bit lost when he had the ball, but he’s still young. Maybe he was hit by the nerves. 5

Rickie Lambert A quiet game for Lambert which was restricted to knock-downs and short passing. 6

Germany

Roman Weidenfeller Making his debut, he had very little to do throughout the match. The closest he came to having to make a save was when Gerrard’s shot dopped on to the roof of the net. 6

Heiko Westermann Found the byline on the odd occasion and solid defensively. 6

Marcel Schmelzer The Borussia Dortmund defender struggled with Townsend’s pace during his time on the pitch. 6

Per Mertesacker (Man of the match) Captain on the night, the Arsenal player held the German back-line well and restricted most shooting opportunities. Scored a clinical header, beating three England players to the ball. 8

Jerome Boateng Swapped for Hummels at half-time, didn’t have too much to do. 6

Sven Bender Playing alongside his twin, Sven Bender looked assured in the midfield. 7

Lars Bender Always looked dangerous when he ran with the ball, a constant threat. The Bayer Leverkusen man drew a last-ditch challenge from Gerrard in the first half. 7

Mario Gotze Didn’t do a lot to trouble the England defence and he didn’t see a lot of the ball but when he had a glimpse of goal he forced a smart save from Hart. 7

Max Kruse Got into good attacking positions but was well marshalled by the Jagielka and Cole. 6

Toni Kroos Played some good passes that kept the Germans ticking over further up the park. 8

Marco Reus Enjoyed his time on the ball and was always looking for the killer pass. 6

Substitutes

Mats Hummels Interesting substitution as he lasted no more than 20 minutes. 5

Marcell Jansen Another player who was troubled by Townsend’s pace but did enough to shepherd him away from goal. 6

Sidney Sam Caused the English defence problems with his direct play. Lifted the ball over Hart but also cleared the crossbar. 7

Julian Draxler The Schalke man looked a threat going forward but fell under the shadow of Sam. 6

Benedikt Höwedes Won the aerial battles but wasn’t challenged much more than that. 6

Andre Schurrle N/A

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