England v Croatia: Man by man

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ENGLAND

David James: No chance with Croatia's opener, despite making good initial block. Good save from Prso after 37min kept England in it. Marks: 6/10

Gary Neville: Tenacious when the going was tough, and moved forward repeatedly to create a sense of momentum for England.8

John Terry: Shaky opening, crucially disorientated after free-kick which created Croatia's early goal, but stuck to task with determination. 5

Sol Campbell: Another solid performance at the back, where his strength was required against muscular presence of Prso and Sokota. 7

Ashley Cole: Questionable positioning at far post before Croatia scored opener, but overlapped gamely to expose opponent's lack of pace. 7

David Beckham: Needlessly gave away free-kick which led to Croatia's early score. Still an intense but frustratingly peripheral presence. 5

Frank Lampard: Calming presence, moved the ball around efficiently and played sweet through pass for Owen, which led to England equalising. Cracking goal. 8

Steven Gerrard: Kept up the energy levels, despite wayward opening period. Added defensive solidness as game went on. 6

Paul Scholes: Reckless tackles, but kept getting into scoring positions despite early misses. Right place, right time for England's first goal - just like old times. 8

Michael Owen: Still missing the spark of old, but made game use of increasing space allowed by static back four, playing key part in all four England goals. 8

Wayne Rooney: Set up Scholes's opener with canny sideways header, then responded bullishly to Scholes' invitation to shoot. Cool finish for third.9

Substitutes: Ledley King (for Scholes, 69) 6; Darius Vassell (for Rooney, 71) 6; P Neville (for Lampard, 83).

CROATIA

Tomislav Butina: Survived for a while despite dodgy technique, punching rather than catching and coming out feet first. No chance with England's first-half goals. Marks 5/10

Dario Simic: Strong in the tackle, effective in keeping England at bay for bulk of the first half, but then struggled. 5

Robert Kovac: Strong enough in the air, but increasingly pedestrian throughout the first half, and distribution generally poor. 4

Josip Simunic: Neat defending to start with, but increasingly betrayed by lack of willingness to close up on England forwards. 6

Boris Zivkovic: Former Portsmouth player showed flexibility by moving from midfield back to defence at half-time, and Croatia benefited. 7

Giovannu Rosso: Saw a lot of the ball on the right of midfield in early part of the game, but faded as England grew dominant. 4

Igor Tudor: Strong in the air, but became increasingly static as the game went on, with Owen and Rooney running rings around him. Good headed goal. 6

Niko Kovac: Bright opening start, influential in midfield, and reacted well to stab home opening goal before Terry could clear. 5

Milan Rapaic: An effective presence on the left, provided sweet free-kick to far post, which created Croatia's opener. 6

Dado Prso: Only one shot in first half. Fearsome European Champions' League form for Monaco never surfaced. 4

Tomislav Sokota: Kept both Campbell and Terry on their toes in the first half as he linked with Prso. 5

Substitutes: Ivica Mornar (for R Kovac, h-t) Industrious presence on far right, caused Cole more than a few defensive worries with his hustling style. 6

Ivica Olic (for Rapaic, 54). 6

Darijo Srna (for Simic, 67). 5

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