I seriously hope that England has far more options to pick from later this year when the crucial World Cup qualifiers arrive, because from tonight’s performance, there was little to be hopeful about.
Joe Hart — 6/10
Hart had a fairly uneventful outing. He was beaten by a great Shane Long header, which he can’t be blamed for. He was replaced at half-time for Ben Foster; possibly proving that Hart is not as much a stand out number one as we all think.
Glen Johnson — 4/10
This was one of the worst games I’ve seen from him for a while. He played Long onside for the Ireland goal and going forward failed to produce a decent end product on every occasion. He was very frustrating, had poor decision-making and it was no surprise he was replaced at halftime for Phil Jones. Needs to up his game in Brazil on Sunday.
Gary Cahill — 6/10
It is hard to comment on much regarding Cahill’s perfomance. Perhaps he was guilty for a lack of organization for the Shane Long goal and he made a few sloppy passes. But on the whole, he was fairly solid as expected.
Phil Jagielka — 6/10
Much like Cahill, he put in a decent performance and is surely making a strong claim to be first choice center back over the next year.
Ashley Cole — 6/10
In regards to his performance, it wasn’t anything particularly impressive, but I cannot recall him putting a foot wrong. He was clearly very proud to captain England and make his 102nd appearance, which is nice to see — he said, “it’s probably number one” in his career. Hopefully he realizes he has far more respect from England fans than he previously assumed.
Theo Walcott — 7/10
Walcott was one of the better performances; he was always looking to attack and always a threat. Sadly, he rarely got put through on goal like we’ve become a custom to seeing with Arsenal. However, he was still a little clumsy and not so concise on this occasion.
Michael Carrick — 6/10
In the few England games Carrick has played, he seems to look far less important in comparison to his place in the Manchester United side. However, as always, he had the ability to pick out some cutting passes, but also a bit sloppy.
Frank Lampard — 7/10
There is quite a good chance the ‘Lampard or Gerrard’ argument could return over the next 12 months because Lampard has looked in fine form as of late. He was positive and obviously got the equalizer. He wasn’t too exciting, but decent.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — 7/10
He was one of the brighter points to take from the game. Considering he hasn’t started for club or country in over two months, he put in a good performance where when he gets the ball towards goal you know he’s capable of making something happen. I personally feel he is better suited in the middle when the other two central midfielders are fairly one-dimensional.
Wayne Rooney — 5/10
I would say that he didn’t live up to expectations, but I don’t think there was any. He is very far off his best form and is looking possibly the worst we’ve seen him in years. He was very bland and sadly far from his best. Still, he showed the odd glimpse of what he is capable of, but it was rare. However, I wouldn’t say his lack of influence was solely due to himself.
Daniel Sturridge — 5/10
Sturridge was taken off for what Hodgson is calling a ‘serious’ injury in the first half, but from what we did see, he looks like one of the more inspiring members of the squad — exciting, creative and technically very good.
Jermain Defoe — 5/10
Defoe needs the opportunities presented too him, then he has the ability to make the most out of a little. He was given near to nothing to work with but I can’t really say too much in support of his performance.
Phil Jones -6/10
Jones came on for Johnson at halftime and gave you what you expect: hard working, positive and solid defensively.
Ben Foster — 6/10
Like Hart, he didn’t really have too much to do when he came on at halftime. He did spill a cross in a scrappy situation but fairly average.
Next up is Brazil on Sunday. 4-4-2 was irritating but made sense with the limited options that usually allow for a more diverse 4-3-3.