England Player Ratings in Win Over Denmark
England's Player Ratings vs. Denmark
England's 1-0 International friendly win over Denmark wasn't anything too exciting, but the individual performances tell us a lot about who will be in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson's squad is as competitive as an England squad has been going into a major tournament for many, many years. He picked a 30 man squad for the friendly, which England won on Wednesday night at Wembley.
That large squad shows that he has his ideas wide open -- nothing is yet decided. But the performances of some on Wednesday certainly helped answer a lot of questions. Just how the team will work is as important as who will make their place in the team. There was a lot to analyze.
With six Liverpool players in the starting 11, there was a chance that their lethal attacking style could be transferred to the England side. It didn't quite pan out that way, but there was signs that it could be a huge benefit.
The full back positions are there for the taking. So Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole, who both started, had a lot to prove, with younger stars now rising up to take the spots that have for so long been dominated by the two.
As a team, England looked in parts like they are finally becoming a side who can look after and retain the ball. But just like their Premier League clubs, their players can't resist to risk giving the ball away to find that exciting goal. There is lots to work on, but a lot can be taken from the performances of the players who were on show against Denmark.
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Joe Hart - 7
England's No. 1 made a couple of impressive stops in one-on-one situations. But with little to do, a seven is a fair marker of his performance.
Glen Johnson - 7
Liverpool's right back has competition with Kyle Walker for the full back position. But a solid and experienced performance will have done Johnson no harm.
Chris Smalling - 6
No major concerns, but still certainly not a confident selection as an England first choice defender. He made a couple of organizational errors, and they can't be excused often at this level.
Gary Cahill - 6
Nothing notable happened, but he still looks out of place without John Terry or Phil Jagielka alongside him.
Ashley Cole - 7
Despite playing just 45 minutes, just watching 33-year-old Cole immediately makes you remember he's more than ready to still play at a World Cup. The question, of course, as always, is it time to move on?
Steven Gerrard - 7
The England captain wasn't as influential as he'd like to be, but his presence as a deeper role seems like it will be an integral part of how England perform in the summer. He clearly still possesses a goal threat, but his ambitious passing cannot afford to be out of touch.
Jack Wilshere - 7
Despite having scared all Arsenal and England fans with a dangerous 50\50 challenge in the first half, Wilshere performed very well. Having been around for a few years now, he almost goes under the radar at times. But for such a young player he is consistently showing the talents of a player England had longed for.
Jordan Henderson - 6
It wasn't a bad performance from Henderson, it just wasn't anything special. He has a great chance of making an England starting line-up in Brazil, however.
Raheem Sterling - 8
Liverpool's 19-year-old winger has been giving his World Cup chances a superb chance with his club form. But with an influential and positive display against Denmark, he has now almost certainly booked himself a spot on the flight. An end product is missing sometimes, but he is dangerous and young -- just what England desire.
Wayne Rooney - 6
Woeful long range efforts and poor set piece taking combined with absent spells against Denmark earns Rooney a six. He can't afford to play like this in the summer, but England can't afford to not have him on their side.
Daniel Sturridge - 8
When moved from the left to the middle of England's attack, he was far more dangerous. His goal topped off a performance that wasn't perfect, but showed signs that he is becoming an England regular.
Luke Shaw - 7
One of many Southampton players on show and on his debut at just 18, he settled in very quickly and managed to show enough that he should be taken seriously in the race for the left back spot in the summer. He has decades ahead of him, whilst Ashley Cole has potentially a few months.
Adam Lallana - 8
When he came on as a substitute in the second half, he would have known that it was a second chance after having struggled to make a huge impact against Germany and Chile earlier in the year. But on this occasion Lallana was fantastic. Not only did he get an assist for the winner, but his performance from the moment he stepped on the pitch was positive, sharp and creative. He has to be in that World Cup squad now, he's consistently performing and is a big asset that must be used.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 6
As he came on as a late substitute, he had little time to grow into the game. But his positive and direct style of play is something that cannot be ignored when picking an England team.
Danny Welbeck - 6
One of Roy Hodgson's favorite strikers since taking the England reigns in 2012 has been Welbeck. Others were given a chance against Denmark, but when Welbeck came on towards the end of the 90 minutes, it was clear that he has a lot to offer for the Three Lions. He hit a good chance straight at the keeper, but the urgency and pace was promising.
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