Contrary to expectation, the Liverpool bunch weren’t responsible
A wise man once said that it is impossible to quantify a player’s worth with an arbitrary and slightly suffocating mark out of ten. The Spoiler wasn’t listening during that sermon though sadly, so here are our ratings for England’s Euro 2012 target-meeters…
Joe Hart 6
No career-curtailing mistake but nothing memorable either. Proved that being a decent keeper and pulling funny faces isn’t enough to win a shootout.
Ashley Cole 7
Such a shame that England’s most reliable performer had to be responsible for the ultimately decisive penalty miss.
Joleon Lescott 7
All that drama over Rio Ferdinand’s non-selection was proven pointless as England only required two centre backs and Terry’s partner was largely faultless.
John Terry 7
England’s best player against Ukraine and Italy would have perhaps been perilously close to an 8 were it not for a humbling evening against Sweden.
Glen Johnson 7
Hopefully silenced the can’t-defend ridiculers permanently, and like Lescott vindicated another Roy Hodgson call by rendering Micah Richards unneeded.
Ashley Young 4
As the form player in the internationals over the duration of the 2011/12 season, it was devastating to see such a shadow turn up for the finals.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6
Achieved nothing spectacular against France but then a middling performance was acceptable fare for an 18-year-old hurled into such an important game.
Steven Gerrard 7
Three assists in three group matches and the most tactically disciplined displays of his England career too. Failed to impose himself against Italy though.
Scott Parker 6
His job was primarily to stifle and shackle rather than create and conquer and, like the four men behind him, his contribution was tough to fault.
James Milner 6
Has replaced team-mate Gareth Barry as the England player who gets mocked for not being world class. Sure, he was fairly average, but largely more effective than the more gifted man on the left wing.
Theo Walcott 6
Perhaps he deserves higher after transforming the Sweden match, however his impact off the bench in the others was minimal, justifying Hodgson’s decision to stick with the greater grafter Milner.
Danny Welbeck 7
Whether intended or not, scored the winner in England’s vital victory over Sweden. Didn’t get many other chances to showcase his attacking talent, yet impressed with his work-rate and intelligence.
Andy Carroll 6
Was brought in to do a certain job against Sweden and delivered emphatically, and was no worse than Rooney when brought on against Italy.
Wayne Rooney 5
Were it not for the goal against Ukraine, which ultimately had no bearing on England’s campaign, he’d be on a par with Young. All that hype and then nothing.
Didn’t play enough for grade: Henderson, Defoe
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