EURO 2016

England player ratings against Wales

EURO 2016By Sunday World
Vardy scored England's equaliser
Vardy scored England's equaliser

England secured a dramatic win against Wales to ignite their Euro 2016 challenge - here is how their players rated in Lens.

JOE HART: Had precious little to do in the first half apart from pick out Gareth Bale's free-kick, for which his positioning was awful. 5

KYLE WALKER: Shone at right-back in Marseille and impressed again, bombing down the right and defending sternly. 7

CHRIS SMALLING: Did a manful job at the back and was an imposing presence at set pieces. 6

GARY CAHILL: Kept cool at the back, even when under pressure from Gareth Bale, and allowed precious little through. 7

DANNY ROSE: The marauding left-back performed admirably again, looking confident at both ends of the pitch. 7

ERIC DIER: Key contributions at both ends against Russia and similarly important against Wales, shielding the defence and dropping back smartly 7

DELE ALLI: Kept his cool on occasion but struggled to make the impact that England and Tottenham fans know he can. 6

WAYNE ROONEY: England's all-time top scorer was again back in midfield and his intelligence proved a handy outlet, albeit a touch less effective than against Russia. 7

ADAM LALLANA: Given another start after impressing in Marseille and proved a nuisance from the outset, pressing with intensity as well as providing an attacking outlet. 7

RAHEEM STERLING: Described himself on social media as 'The Hated One' after the Russia draw and struggled after hitting a fine, early chance over. 4

HARRY KANE: The striker's toothlessness and corner-taking were pinpointed as issues in Marseille and things did not go much better in Lens after the first few minutes. 5

SUBSTITUTES:

DANIEL STURRIDGE (for Kane, 46): Was not shy at having a go after being brought on at the break and his cross led to the leveller and struck a stoppage-time winner. 8

JAMIE VARDY (for Sterling, 46): The former non-league player wrote the latest chapter of his fairy-tale by turning home from close range. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD (for Lallana, 73): Became England's youngest player at a European Championship and produced some nice touches. His maturity is so impressive for an 18-year-old 7