Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

England v Republic of Ireland at Wembley: Player ratings

Joe Hart: Was as surprised as everyone by the quality of Shane Long’s header. Otherwise a fairly comfortable first half. 5/10
Joe Hart: Was as surprised as everyone by the quality of Shane Long’s header. Otherwise a fairly comfortable first half. 5/10
Glen Johnson: Beaten by Shane Long’s leap, but did go on to overlap well to create attacks before the interval. 5
Phil Jagielka: Now promoted to lynchpin of the defence, he organised diligently and looked comfortable. 7
Gary Cahill: Put in some of those sliding tackles which energise the crowd and was usually tidy enough on the ball. 5
Ashley Cole: Well-received as England’s captain, he nearly capped the occasion with a goal from Theo Walcott’s cross. 6
Frank Lampard: Brought his experience with some incisive passing and the anticipation to pull England level. 6
Michael Carrick: Helped England to keep the ball better than they often do. Set the tempo with impressive range of passing 6
Theo Walcott: Frequently able to burst into vacant space. Crossing was not perfect but troubled David Forde once. 7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Was keen to impress having not played much club football. Good ideas and was enthusiastic. 6
Wayne Rooney: England’s best player, as usual, dropping into space. All of England’s best moves went through him. 8
Daniel Sturridge: Eager showing for the ball, it was his cross from the left to set up Frank Lampard’s equaliser. Got injured. 6
BEST OFF THE BENCH - Phil Jones: Played right-back in the second half, bounding up and down the flank. 6
David Forde: Had to make one very good low save from Theo Walcott, and was generally assured under some pressure. 6
Seamus Coleman: Was his inch-perfect cross which made Ireland’s goal, and his heroic block to deny Ashley Cole. Tidy and lively. 7
John O’Shea: Has to provide experience and organisation but marshalled those around him effectively. 6
Stephen Kelly: Struggled with Glen Johnson and Theo Walcott, both of whom had the beating of the 29-year-old. 4
Sean St Ledger: Threw himself around in defence but it was his wild mis-kick which allowed Lampard to equalise. 5
James McCarthy: Most gifted Irish midfielder for years was always aware of his surroundings and setting up attacks. 7
Glenn Whelan: Scuttled around in midfield with the willingness which the manager loves, helping to pressure England. 5
Jon Walters: Selfless, purposeful running up and down the right flank was admirable and helpful but missed one opportunity. 5
Aiden McGeady: Talent is obvious but he had to come quite far inside to see the ball. One neat burst past Johnson. 5
Shane Long: Gave the English centre-backs a battle all night, scoring Ireland’s opener with a giant leap and perfect header. 7
Robbie Keane: Vocal and impassioned but his contribution was limited to one flick-on and falling over in the penalty area 5
BEST OFF THE BENCH - James McClean: Made one bright run down the left past Phil Jones, livening the crowd. 6

We look at how each individual performed in the international friendly between England and Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium last night.

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