Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How They Rated --

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How They Rated --

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The so-called Golden Generation have failed in their World Cup mission but who shone and who did not at Germany 2006? Luke Edwards gives his marks out of 10 ...

Paul Robinson ( Was billed as one of the top goalkeepers in the world before the tournament but despite only conceding two goals in five games he has looked bottom heavy and shaky on crosses. Needs top level competition other than David James.

Gary Neville ( Only played in two games because of a calf injury but was sorely missed by England and best friend David Beckham on the right wing. He is 31 but a lack of viable alternatives means he will still be the favourite for that position at Euro 2008.

John Terry ( Most expect him to be named David Beckham's successor as England captain and the Chelsea skipper certainly has the leadership qualities. Not always as assured as he is in the Premiership but magnificent against Portugal.

Rio Ferdinand ( There is something about international football that makes him stand out. Often starts England's attacks. Like Terry, was superb against Portugal and that partnership will be the foundations upon which McClaren builds his team.

Ashley Cole ( A slow start having missed the majority of the season at Arsenal because of injury but got better with each game. One goal-saving tackle against Ecuador was followed by an excellent display against Portugal. The world's best left-back?

David Beckham ( A superb free-kick against Ecuador and two assists ( but Golden Balls was arguably the weakest link. Has lost a yard of pace and the best teams worked out how to stop him. Set-pieces, except for goal, were a big disappointment.

Frank Lampard ( If Beckham was the weak link, Lampard was the biggest failure. A pale shadow of the midfielder seen at Chelsea and when he is not scoring does not contribute enough. Confidence looked shot by the time he missed in the penalty shootout.

Steven Gerrard ( Two goals and a strong showing overall. Still not as dominant or influential as he is for Liverpool and question marks remain over whether he can play alongside Lampard. But can be happy with performances, despite that penalty shootout miss. …

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