Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Player Watch

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Player Watch

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Byline: KEN DYER

NIGEL MARTYN - Steady enough in his 45 minute stint in front of his home fans.Well protected by his defence, he was almost caught out once when he could only scramble the ball inelegantly away following a hotshot from Italy's Gianluca Zambrotta. 7

DANNY MILLS - No finesse and, not much idea. The Leeds fullback seemed obsessed with booting the ball 50 yards upfield and though he is willing and aggressive, lacks international quality. 5

WAYNE BRIDGE - This lad is proving a real find. He may still need to learn a lot defensively and good players will notice his shortcomings quickly, but the Southampton defender looked accomplished coming forward and is worth another chance. 7

GARETH SOUTHGATE - Another professional job from an experienced defender who goes about his job with the minimum of fuss. Linked up well with Sol Campbell and was always trying to bring the ball out. His distribution let him down once or twice, but defensively he was as sound as a pound. 7

SOL CAMPBELL - Looked comfortable enough alongside Gareth Southgate. The Arsenal star dealt efficiently with a couple of potentially nasty situations and even had time to produce England's best scoring effort of a tedious first half. 7

DAVID BECKHAM - One of his quietest performances in an England shirt, reversible or not. The England captain obviously missed Manchester United club-mate Gary Neville behind him. His frustrations bubbled over briefly when he was involved in a handbags spat with Christian Panucci. 6

FRANK LAMPARD - Always showing, always working, always running, but in his 45 minutes, the Chelsea star didn't see a great deal of the ball. He made himself available frequently but then could only watch as the Mills bombs exploded over his head. 6

NICKY BUTT - Tidy enough, but not a lot else. He will go to the World Cup finals, of that there is little doubt, but if Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard are fit, Butt won't get a look-in. 6

TREVOR SINCLAIR - Stayed on longer than most but never got his teeth into this game. Started on the left and then switched flanks when Joe Cole came on in the second half. Can do much better. …

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