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Alert to a 25-yard shot from Markus Kiesenebner in the 15th minute and authoritative during a nervous finale for England when his command of the penalty area kept Austrian chances to a minimum. 7/10

* LUKE YOUNG

A quiet start, but grew in stature as the game progressed, offering valuable attacking outlets to relieve the pressure when England were down to 10 men and several crucial defensive interceptions. 7

* JOHN TERRY

Had a stroke of good fortune when his poor header presented Roland Linz with a second-half lob that hit the crossbar but, on the whole, he deserved it. Dominant in the air otherwise and occasionally broke forward to good effect. 7

* SOL CAMPBELL

Unperturbed on his international recall but denied a part in England's ultimate show of resilience by a hamstring strain that rules him out of Wednesday's game with Poland. 6

* JAMIE CARRAGHER

Out of position and on his wrong foot but allayed concerns caused by the absence of Ashley Cole with a disciplined performance that contained its usual telling, last-man interventions. 7

* DAVID BECKHAM

Ludicrously booked twice by referee Luis Medina Cantalejo, but he gave the Spaniard all the incentive he needed for the second yellow when he abandoned his responsibility as a captain by allowing the red mist to descend. Was also guilty of drifting inside too often and for too long. 4

* STEVEN GERRARD

Now confirmed as the holder in England's central midfield. It will be hard for Liverpool observers to watch their captain's relentless drive sacrificed for the international cause but still delivered a prodigious work-rate in his finest England game this year. 8

* FRANK LAMPARD

Not only took the penalty-taking duties away from Beckham but the responsibility for England's creative impetus in his absence. An assured spot-kick epitomised a Chelsea-like contribution. 8

* JOE COLE

The other half of England's right-footed left flank struggled to make the most of several promising situations. Always a willing outlet but his end product was often too erratic. 6

* MICHAEL OWEN

Cleverly won the decisive penalty and should have had another for a more blatant foul by Andreas Dober, but sluggish by his own standards when two inviting chances came his way from open play. 6

* PETER CROUCH

Public opinion was divided more than the Austrian defence by Crouch's performance on Saturday. Involved in every promising England attack before fading in the second half - a fault that has been levelled at more established players under Eriksson than someone making their competitive debut. 7

SUBSTITUTES

LEDLEY KING

Smoothed the potential ramifications of Beckham's red card with a midfield show of composure and strength. 6

RIO FERDINAND

In the end his international exile lasted all of 65 minutes and immediately began to repair his England standing with a solid response to Austria's late rally. 6

KIERAN RICHARDSON

Only had nine minutes to make an impression yet brought balance on the left of midfield and perhaps warrants an extended outing in that position. 5

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