Football: England player by player analysis

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David Seaman

Enjoyed the sunshine in the first half until Jerzy Brzeczek left him with no chance from 12 yards in the 29th minute. Although he had slightly more to do in the shade in the second half, the Arsenal goalkeeper did not have a difficult save to make.

Rating

7

Gary Neville

Supported Beckham on the right flank well enough but the Manchester United full-back was outwitted when Miroslaw Trzeciak chased to the byline and cut back for Poland's goal. Neville's long throw to Shearer set up Scholes' hat-trick goal.

7

Graeme Le Saux

The left-back's accurate long ball to Cole launched England's first goal. Defensively sound enough - though one second-half error nearly led to a Polish chance - but the Chelsea full-back did not get forward with his usual spirit, threat and frequency.

6

Martin Keown

In for his team-mate Tony Adams, the Arsenal centre-back turned in a typically sound and unfussy performance. In truth, heroics were not required. He got forward for one second-half header on goal.

8

Sol Campbell

England's most dependable defender had one uncomfortable first- half moment, in the 24th minute, when Miroslaw Trzeciak clattered into him. Twisted by Trzeciak legally in the second half but in general as composed and controlled as ever.

8

David Beckham

Club form did not quite translate to international level this time. Excellent centre for Scholes' second goal but, that aside, his crossing was unpredictable and free-kicks did not threaten. An injury at the start of the second half led to substitution.

7

Tim Sherwood

A busy debut lived up to his recent performances for Tottenham. As the holding midfielder, in the Ince-Batty role, he had fewer opportunities to get forward. One first-half shot cleared the bar as did a header, this time narrowly, in injury time.

Rating

7

Paul Scholes

The Manchester United midfielder's perception and timing put him in the right place for the first two goals and for the third he remembered the training ground routine. The one error he made: failing to track-back Jerzy Brzeczek when the Pole scored.

9

Steve McManaman

Looked out of touch mentally, below par physically, and unable to put his present difficulties at Liverpool behind him. It was no surprise - a considerable relief, in fact - when he was substituted with 20 minutes left.

5

Alan Shearer

After a fine early volley, was involved in the build-up to England's first goal. Three Poles went to him, leaving Scholes free to score. Had a prod scrambled off the line on 50 minutes, nodded on for Scholes' third goal. Missed Beckham 66th-minute cross.

7

Andy Cole

A great success. Cole was involved in the first two goals with quick, short passes, first to Shearer, then to Beckham. Might have done better with his clearest chance but a touch took him too wide on the left. Busy, always available, always probing.

8

Substitutes

Ray Parlour

Started on the left. On the right, he could have used the space better.

6

Phil Neville

On for Beckham, played on the left, his cross set up Sherwood's chance.

6

Other substitute: Jamie Redknapp (for Scholes, 84).

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