England 4 Lithuania 0: Player ratings as Wayne Rooney scores

Three talking points as Wayne Rooney edges closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's England record

By Sid Selant

England

Joe Hart A spectator for the entire game. Gloves won’t need to go in the wash. 6/10

Nathaniel Clyne Southampton right-back constantly attacked down the flanks providing width and support for Sterling. Passing still needs some polishing. 6

Phil Jones Comfortable evening for the Manchester United centre half, out-muscled a couple of times but held his own. 6

Gary Cahill Fairly quite game alongside his partner, not a lot to do. 6

Leighton Baines Provided width and support down the left. Had one good chance but belted the ball high and wide. 6

Jordan Henderson Always in the thick of all England’s attacks. Broke up play as and when required, and linked up well with Rooney and Welbeck. 7

Michael Carrick Back in the England set up for his 32nd cap which started back in 2001. Looked very comfortable in front of the back four. Always wanted the ball. 7

Fabian Delph Partnered Henderson in the middle of the park and had a decent game. 6

Danny Welbeck (Man of the match) The Arsenal man was England’s liveliest player. Powerful performance and created a bundle of chances for himself and Rooney. Started off on the left and changed flanks with Sterling. Constant menace and got his luck for the second goal. 9

Wayne Rooney Became the first Englishman to score in five consecutive games since the war. Glorious opportunity in the third minute as he went in on goal but his shot hit the post. Great anticipation on six minutes to head in a Welbeck shot which rebounded off the keeper. Hit the bar with a looping header. 8

Raheem Sterling Low key performance in the first half. Started off well in the second half and finished with a low drive from the centre of goal from a Rooney cross in the 57th minute. Superb trickery and cross for Kane’s goal. Sterling’s blistering pace caused havoc every time he got the ball. 8

Substitutes

Ross Barkley Hustled and bustled in the middle of the park. 6

Harry Kane Took the Spurs man 80 seconds to net his first goal on his full international debut. Great header at the far post from a Sterling cross. 6

Lithuania

Giedrius Arlauskis Steaua Bucharest keeper not as busy as England would have hoped for. 4

Marius Zaliukas Former Leeds United and Rangers man had a busy evening and Welbeck’s header deflected off him into the back off the net for England’s second goal. 4

Georgas Freidgeimas Given a tough time by the England forward line. 4

Tadas Kijanskas Centre-half had a tough job keeping up with the England forward line. 4

Tomas Mikuckis Spent most of the time chasing Welbeck and Sterling and didn’t get to go forward. 4

Vytautas Andriuskevicius Most creative Lithuanian player. Tried to push his team forward as often as he could. 6

Fiodor Cernych Midfielder hardly given any chances to go forward. Spent most of the game going backwards. 4

Karolis Chvedukas Making his 10th appearance and rather isolated. No threat going forward. 4

Arturas Zulpa Plays in Kazakhstan and never got into the game. Stacking up appearances. 4

Saulius Mikoliunas Most-capped player for the visitors with over 70 caps. His experience couldn’t help his team. 4

Deivydas Matulevicius 25-year-old who plays for Pandurii Târgu Jiu in the Romanian league was isolated up front. Out muscled Jones and Baines a few times but rarely got a chance at goal. 4

Substitutes

Simonas Stankevicius Leicester City forward hardly got a kick off the ball. 4

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