Scotland 1 England 3: Player ratings as Man United captain sparkles

Player ratings as Wayne Rooney sparkles for England

By Dipak Patel
Scotland
1
England
3

Scotland

David Marshall Could do nothing about England’s opener but dealt with everything else in a mostly untroubled first half. 6/10

Steven Whittaker Struggled, particularly in the first half where he was guilty of conceding possession far too many times. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pace gave him a torrid time. 5

Russell Martin Got a header on target which Forster tipped over the bar. Defensively he was all over the place struggling to cope with the movement of the English players. 5

Grant Hanley Not the best game from the Blackburn player. Was caught out for England’s opener with his poor positioning and wasn’t able to recover. 5

Andrew Robertson A decent game and caused England some problems when moving forward. A little naïve defensively though but scored a great goal to bring Scotland back in to it. 7

Shaun Maloney Very good when he had time to turn and dribble with the ball. Not so good when he was pressurised and his weak frame meant he was overpowered. 6

Charlie Mulgrew Shielded the defence as well as he could but was often overrun by England overloading the midfield area. 6

Scott Brown Not his best game and gave the ball away a number of times in dangerous positions. On another day they would have cost his team a goal. Due to his lack of composure in the centre of the park he was substituted at half-time. 4

Ikechi Anya Lively game from the Watford player as he formed a good partnership with Robertson down the left hand side. Faded as the game progressed. 6

Steven Naismith Held the ball up under immense pressure and brought players into the game. Made a few neat turns and executed some great passes as he looked to try and get Scotland onto the front foot. 6

Chris Martin Hopeless. Consistently dispossessed and failed to bring any other midfielders into play. Wasn’t aerially dominant and look out of his depth against a good quality England side. 4

Substitutes

Darren Fletcher Added some quality into a midfield that desperately needed it during the first half. Got Scotland playing more possession-based football in the second half but struggled a little defensively due to a lack of mobility. 6

James Morrison Feisty in the tackle and tidy with his passing but didn’t have the impact he would have liked. 5

Craig Gordan Conceded two goals but both of them were from close range, so there wasn’t much he could have done. 5

Barry Bannan The game seemed to pass him by but he hit a beautiful free-kick towards the end but no Scottish player managed to get on the end of it. 5

Stevie May The in-form striker showed his worth after his neat cut back allowed Robertson to bring Scotland back into the game. 6

Johnny Russell n/a

England

Fraser Forster Looked a little shaky at times but dealt with things he needed to. Tipped the ball over the bar from Martin’s header but otherwise was largely untroubled. 6

Nathaniel Clyne Had a solid game and looks a much more confident player this season. Probably not as ambitious in terms of attacking intent, but kept Anya quiet for the majority of the game. 7

Gary Cahill Made a couple of solid challenges and put pressure on Martin. Anytime the striker tried to hold on to the ball he was pressurised. Completely nullified the Scottish attack when he was on the pitch. 6

Chris Smalling Has had his criticisms this season but it was a decent performance. Did what he needed to do with calmness and composure. 7

Luke Shaw Another accomplished game from the left-back, whom has put a poor start to the season behind him. Solid in defence and has a great ability to dribble out of defence with pace easing the pressure. 7

James Milner Industrious performance and linked well at times with Rooney and Welbeck. Just lacked that bit of quality when he got in behind the defence. 6

Jack Wilshere Outstanding performance in all facets of the game. Was sharp in the tackle breaking up numerous Scottish attacks. But also provided creativity and his sumptuous ball led to the opening goal. 8

Stewart Downing Completely anonymous on his return back into the international fold. Not sure whether he was carrying a slight injury but he had no influence on proceedings and was wasteful in possession. 4

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Needs to learn how to help out his full-back defensively but was good going forward. Made some good runs and was rewarded with a goal as he glanced Wilshere’s cross into the net. 6

Wayne Rooney (Man of the match) Excellent game for the England captain. Was everywhere tracking back to stop Fletcher starting an attack, but also was central to anything England done well when attacking. Scored two very well-taken goals. 8

Danny Welbeck Second decent performance of the week for the Mancunian as he hassled and harried defenders making a nuisance of himself. Lacked the killer instinct in front of goal but is improving all the time. 6

Substitutes

Phil Jagielka Comfortable for the majority of the second half but lack of mobility and pace might question his future at this level. 6

Adam Lallana Decent cameo from Lallana and his neat play was rewarded with an assist. He expertly cut the ball back for Rooney to score his second of the night. 7

Raheem Sterling Fairly anonymous and allowed Robertson to run past him to easily for Scotland’s goal. Played a vital part in Rooney’s second goal though. 5

Kieran Gibbs Fairly solid in his short time on the pitch but did allow Stevie May to get in behind him far too easily. 6

Rickie Lambert n/a

Ross Barkley n/a

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