England 2-1 Tunisia: One sentence player ratings


Jordan Pickford

Resolute enough performance and rarely tested but having guessed the right way for Sassi’s penalty, he really ought to have saved it.

Kyle Walker

Solid enough despite a clumsy foul for the penalty, although he should provide more impetus and urgency in possession given that he’s the most technically gifted of the back three.

Jon Stones

Settled into the game, and a stunning header which led to Kane’s first goal made up for some nervy misplaced passes when under little pressure from Tunisian forwards.

Harry Maguire

Similar to Stones, showed an admirable spirit and dominance in the air, but the odd loose pass was a concern and would be easily punished by better opposition.

Kieran Trippier

England’s best performer on the night as he looked comfortable on the ball and dangerous higher up the flank, particularly following the introduction of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford.

Ashley Young

Worryingly petulant at times and, as is often the case, England’s attacks slowed down when he had to check back onto his favoured right foot when in advanced wide positions.

Jordan Henderson

A mature performance from one of England’s few real leaders, epitomised by a much underrated range of passing and an endless desire to be on the ball.

Jesse Lingard

A typically reliable source of energy and pressing when not in possession, but he coupled this with a hugely frustrating lack of composure in front of goal.

Dele Alli

Looked worryingly short of fitness and confidence and his casual demeanour will hopefully now lead to Rashford replacing him in the starting line-up against Panama.

Raheem Sterling

He may join Alli on the bench next Sunday as he showed an admirable desire to make runs in behind the Tunisian back line but too often his composure and finishing were left wanting.

Harry Kane

The best striker in world football showed both brilliant poaching instincts and a cool head in the face of constant Tunisian provocation.


Marcus Rashford (68’)

Provided much-needed impetus to a lethargic-looking side with his persistence and willingness to run at defenders to make things happen.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (80’)

A refreshing presence who offered more attacking prowess in 10 minutes than many of his counterparts in the previous 80.

Eric Dier (90+3’)

I can’t remember him touching the ball.


Chris Henderson

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