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DAVID JAMES (4/10)
Looked desperately uncomfortable when conceding Vladimir Janocko's goal, but made a good save to prevent Slovakia going further ahead.

DANNY MILLS (2/10)
It stretches credulity to imagine that this man is the best right-back in England and his replacement before the interval confirmed Sven Goran Eriksson's realisation of this. His absence without leave should have been punished by Igor Demo.

GARETH SOUTHGATE (5/10)
Failed to cut out Janocko's free-kick and again showed little understanding with Upson. Could have been awarded a second penalty.

MATTHEW UPSON (4/10)
Memories of the dominance of Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand in Japan seem very distant. Repeatedly left his goalkeeper without cover, an offence which should have been punished more heavily.

ASHLEY COLE (3/10)
Failed to provide the bare minimum of cover at left-back, which Szilard Nemeth should have punished with at least one goal. Often inept during the first half.

PHIL NEVILLE (5/10)
Was supposed to provide the anchor for England's midfield but failed to cover when Cole dashed forward. Mills' substitution forced him into the more familiar role of right-back.

STEVEN GERRARD (6/10)
Fabulous early pass should have set up Owen to give England an advantage from the off. Almost scored a wonderful, individualistic equaliser.

FRANK LAMPARD (5/10)
To measure the greatness of a player, you have to see how his replacement performs. Lampard, who threatened far more in the second half than during a lacklustre display before the interval, ensured that David Beckham was missed.

PAUL SCHOLES (4/10)
The Slovaks considered Manchester United's powerhouse more dangerous than Beckham, but he seldom threatened to find the net for the first time in 21 international appearances.

MICHAEL OWEN (8/10)
As in Bratislava, Owen rescued a match that appeared lost. While the penalty he won and converted may have been controversial, his second goal was a marvellous header. Might also have scored after 46 seconds and carried on as he had started, repeatedly getting past his marker to such effect that he might have had a hat-trick before half-time.

WAYNE ROONEY (3/10)
Wonderful on Wearside, tepid on Teesside, he was replaced by Darius Vassell without having had a shot. Perhaps the hype will have calmed by August.

SUBSTITUTES

OWEN HARGREAVES (6/10) On for Mills, 42 min
Not moved to right-back to replace Mills directly but right midfield to provide some desperately needed width.

DARIUS VASSELL (6/10) On for Rooney, 57min
From the moment the Villa striker came on, he posed Slovakia's one-paced defence plenty of problems.

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