Switzerland 0 England 2: Player ratings as Arsenal striker stars

Switzerland 0 England 2: Player ratings as Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck scores twice in Basel

By Tom Wellman
Switzerland
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England
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England

Joe Hart Troubled infrequently but made two saves that helped England win the game. Assured presence in an embryonic back four. 7/10

John Stones Looked uneasy at right-back on his competitive England debut, and struggled with the runs from Ricardo Rodriguez. Often left isolated by the lack of cover and then failed to support his winger. England should seek other options, such as Calum Chambers or Nathaniel Clyne. 5

Gary Cahill Solid and dependable at the back alongside Jones, Cahill and Hart are the two anchors in this England defence. Cut out numerous balls into the box and made that heroic goal-line clearance from Josip Drmić. 8

Phil Jones Had a few issues on the right side of defence with Stones, but his partnership with Cahill was promising. There was a nervy moment in the first half when Haris Seferović beat him for pace, and when struggling with injury in the second, but contributed towards a good clean sheet. 6

Leighton Baines Had a real battle with Stephan Lichtsteiner throughout and came out on top. Defensively more reliable than in Brazil, and came forward responsibly too. 6

Fabian Delph He looked certain to be heading for an early bath with two rash challenges early on, though the booking settled him down considerably. Playing alongside top players will help his progression, but showed rough edges in many places. 6

Jordan Henderson His running epitomised one of the more selfless England displays in quite some time, and has developed nicely for this qualification campaign. Playing in a consistent system like this one could allow the Liverpool midfielder to shine. 7

Jack Wilshere Lee Dixon’s point about Wilshere’s unfamiliarity with the holding position was a clear one as he was often lost during the game. There was little positive movement from Wilshere, even in a defensive sense, though he showed obvious restraint from a positional perspective. 6

Raheem Sterling (Man of the match) Like Henderson, Sterling looks like a player who can really shine in this qualification campaign, and is already one of England’s key men. Not yet 20, Sterling’s football brain and strength belies his age, and will score important goals for his country in the future. 8

Wayne Rooney As usual, Rooney was withdrawn in an England shirt, though that helped the inexperienced midfield when out of possession. Rarely threatened the goal with shots, but coordinated the opening goal perfectly. 7

Danny Welbeck Arsenal have a new goal machine as Welbeck fired England to victory with a brace. His well-taken strikes came after an abysmal mix-up in the first half, which he did recover from. Helped out where possible and showed he can add goals to his game. 8

Substitutes

James Milner Came on at a point when England were happy to sit on their lead, and added energy to the midfield. 6

Phil Jagielka Reunited with Cahill in defence, Jagielka continued his partner’s sterling work by cutting out late crosses. 6

Rickie Lambert His five-minute appearance was certainly eventful. Lambert picked up a booking having yet to touch the ball and then set up Welbeck for his second goal. 6

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