EURO 2016

How the England players rated against Slovakia

EURO 2016By Sunday World
Heads down for England at the end
Heads down for England at the end

England were left frustrated after a 0-0 draw against Slovakia meant they finished second behind Wales in Euro 2016 Group B - here is how their players rated in St Etienne.

JOE HART: Guilty of poor positioning when Gareth Bale put Wales ahead last week but had no such problems this time. The second-half mix-up with Chris Smalling was the only concerning moment. 6

NATHANIEL CLYNE: The replacement for in-form Kyle Walker did not disappoint, repeatedly bombing down the flank while keeping focused on his defensive duties. 7

GARY CAHILL: Wayne Rooney's absence saw the Chelsea man captain England, keeping the backline solid throughout. 6

CHRIS SMALLING: Playing alongside Cahill once again, he had little to cope with thanks to Slovakia's defensive focus. 6

RYAN BERTRAND: In for Danny Rose at left-back, he produced a solid enough to display but was unable to match Clyne's display on the opposite flank. 6

ERIC DIER: So key in front of England's defence yet again, shielding with aplomb, making some impressive passes. The Three Lions' star man. 8

JACK WILSHERE: The talented central midfielder was given a place in the line-up but struggled to make an impact, making too many awry passes. 5

JORDAN HENDERSON: A fitness-doubt heading into the tournament, he showed impressive energy but his play was rusty aside from some nice crosses. 6

ADAM LALLANA: The only member of the front three to retain their starting berth and worked tirelessly once more. Unfortunately, his wait for a first international goal continues. 7

JAMIE VARDY: The former non-league striker started in attack and should have perhaps had England ahead in the first half. Not as impressive as his second-half display against Wales. 6.

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Rewarded for Thursday's last-gasp winner, he struggled to have the same effect against Slovakia's tight defence. 6


WAYNE ROONEY (for Wilshere, 56): Another impressive performance from the all-time top scorer, but unable to drag his country to a late goal. 7

DELE ALLI (for Lallana, 60): Had an effort cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel but looked unusually panicked at times. 6

HARRY KANE (for Sturridge, 76): Few flicked chances as things became desperate and another unable to make an impact. 6