Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Rated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Rated

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BY STUART BRENNAN PICKFORD The penalty shoot-out hero against Colombia was magnificent again, with three saves from the top drawer 9 WALKER His turn of pace was a good insurance policy for the England defence. With team on front foot, he held his position 7 STONES Imperious again. His passing was smooth and smart, he repeatedly stepped in at exactly the right moment 8 MAGUIRE Thumping header and he was also assured and sharp on the deck.

Take a look, Pep and Jose... 8 TRIPPIER The Bury lad was immaculate from beginning to end, constantly punishing Sweden for giving him space 9 HENDERSON He is no Pirlo or Platini, but keeps the ball circulating well, and his important defensive work was capped off by block 8 Alli Has looked unfit and out of form all tournament and spent most of this game giving the ball away - until killer goal 7 and he came alive once England gained the upper hand in the second half 8 Young Still looks a little uncomfortable on the back foot, but he gave England important width on the left 7 STERLING Too many people focused on his missed chance, but the fact is that his darting runs made him most effective attacker 8 Kane The spotlight was on him again, but England's skipper was largely anonymous until he dropped deep 6 Subs FABIAN DELPH: (for Alli 76) Too late to mark ERIC DIER: (for Henderson 84) Too late to mark MARCUS RASHFORD: (for Sterling 91) Too late to mark HAVE YOUR SAY Give your ratings on the Blues at manchestereveningnews. …

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