England plyer-by-player assessment
Sunday 23 June 1996
1 David Seaman
2 Gary Neville
How he wanted to go forward and support the attack, and how Spain's Sergi wanted to do the same. Sergi won the battle of the adventurers and Neville only ended up in the book.
5 Tony Adams
Playing through the pain as you knew he would and inspiring with his determination more than ability. Spain's defence did well to stop his marauding upfield, but his lack of pace in his own penalty area proved dangerous.
His positional versatility was matched by his distribution and placid defensive outlook. Often covered for Adams and was always quick to make up for England's worrying loss of possession in midfield.
3 Stuart Pearce
He could see a carrot at the end of the tunnel and he knew what it meant. The bigger the carrot the greater the need for experience, but here he rarely took advantage of the space given down the left side.
The true English players most praised by their foreign counterparts have been McManaman and Gascoigne. Playing on his natural right side he did well enough, but after moving inside was the star of the show.
7 David Platt
Sometimes you think he is a bit of a charlatan: a modest talent with a high profile. This was one of those days - anonymous.
8 Paul Gascoigne
Calm, oafish and unique, had one of those days when by his own standards he just played well - by the standards of the rest that was still admirable, but had no acceleration when it mattered.
Maturing promisingly internationally but yesterday never seemed comfortable going forward and was unable to cut inside effectively. Nevertheless worked tirelessly without any end product.
It's taken a long time to recognise his cunning ability to disturb defences more by the subtlety of his drawing defenders out of position than by his scoring. This was another example. He missed England's best chance.
9 Alan Shearer
If anyone was going to become the victim of hyped expectancy after that overreaction to the defeat of the forlorn Dutch, it had to be him. Almost every ball seemed a foot beyond his reach.
14 Nick Barmby
2 passes, 0 tackles
20 Steve Stone
4 passes, 1 tackle
21 Robbie Fowler
4 passes, 0 tackles
Fresh legs but rarely got near the ball in extra time. Didn't matter.
Gave a desperately needed boost and deserved a penalty.
No chance to break deadlock in 10 minutes he was given.
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