Ukraine 0-4 England: Player ratings from Euro 2020 quarter-final clash | Football News

Ukraine 0-4 England: Player ratings from Euro 2020 quarter-final clash | Football News


Jordan Pickford – 7

One save to make either side of the break and he kept both of them out, but then made a complete hash of what should have been a relatively straightforward clearance and looked oddly frenetic and frazzled when England reached the dreamland of a 4-0 lead in a quarter-final.

Kyle Walker – 5

The only real concern in England’s display. Sloppy, casual pass allowed in Yaremchuk for Ukraine’s early chance and far too casual just before the break when he stood and ball watched to allow Yaremchuk to reach the by-line.

John Stones – 7

Could not prevent Yaremchuk from getting away his early shot and England’s least secure area was on the Stones-Walker side of the pitch. That said, England’s defence has been watertight in the tournament so far and Stones has been figuratively and literally central to that effort.

Harry Maguire – 8

Should have scored against Germany, but made no mistake with a thumping header just after the break to effectively settle the contest. Not defensively tested but confident enough to drive the ball forward even during the first half on a couple of occasions in a bid to ruffle the camped Ukrainians.

Luke Shaw – 9

Outstanding. Shaw does not often break into the final third but he has the impressive knack of timing his runs perfectly when he does. Unfortunate twice in the first half with a pull-back into space at the far post and then again when he picked out Sancho. But became England’s most creative player for those four minutes of delirium when he followed up his lovely set-piece for Maguire’s goal with an even better cross for Kane’s second.

Kalvin Phillips – 6

Tournament high point remains that display against Croatia, but neat and tidy again in possession and showed great discipline without it. One of three England players simultaneously subbed for a rest – and, in Phillips’ case, suspension protection – with half an hour on the clock.

Declan Rice – 7

Swerving effort nearly caught out Bushchan but Rice’s real value to England is his cleaning-up in front of the two centre-halves and, when in possession, directing traffic and the flow of play. Can only assume that his early substitution was on account of him being one booking away from a suspension.

Mason Mount – 8

Pushed up far closer to Kane than he was in England’s first group matches but his outstanding moment of the first half came when he read the danger to clean up in his own penalty area as the Ukrainians threatened. Far more effective upfield after the break, carrying the ball forward for England’s third and then supplying the corner which Henderson headed in.

Raheem Sterling – 9

Did all of his critical work before the break, but there can be no disputing that Sterling is England’s player of the tournament so far and, if he continues like this, in real contention to be considered the player of the tournament as well.

Surely one of the more interesting questions to emerge this summer is why he has not played like this – or indeed anything like this – for Manchester City for so long. Confidence? System? Support. The transformation is remarkable.

Jadon Sancho – 7

Selected for his ability in one-on-one situations and so that England had a right-footer on the right wing to go outside, but proved to be at his most dangerous when he came inside and linked up with Sterling and Shaw. Could not direct his snap-shot from Shaw’s cut-back either side of Bushchan – had it gone in, it would surely have been given on a VAR review. Relatively quiet after the break.

Harry Kane – 9

Harry Kane celebrates scoring for England vs Ukraine
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Kane celebrates scoring for England vs Ukraine

England needed their captain to fire if their own tournament was to ignite and so it has proved. Early clinical finish was proof positive of why his late goal against Germany was so important and made no mistake with his header five minutes into the second-half; Kane’s chances converted rate remains right up there with the very, very best. Only denied by a fingertip save a 60-minute hat-trick. Welcome back to the £100m pricetag.

Subs

Jordan Henderson – 8

What a time to score your first England goal. Good header, too.

Kieran Trippier – 6

On for his second appearance of the tournament at left-back. Who would have predicted that?

Marcus Rashford – 6

Rashford’s England problem is that Southgate clearly now only sees him as a left-sided forward. Right now, nobody is getting in ahead of Sterling.

Jude Bellingham – 6

He’s an 18-year-old playing in a European Championship quarter-final. It’s some story. As always, looked completely unflustered by the occasion – and his opponents – after replacing Phillips.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – N/A

Given the final 18 minutes having been omitted from the squad which faced Germany entirely.

What’s next?

England will play Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 on Wednesday at 8pm at Wembley.

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