England v Switzerland: Man for man marking

Geoff Brown assesses how Capello's men performed against the Swiss at Wembley

Joe Hart 5/10

The busier goalkeeper in the first half, the Manchester City man had made four good saves before Barnetta's first free-kick curled past him. Let down by his defensive wall for the second which, unforgivably, crept in at the near post as his aura of unflinching reliability faded away.

Glen Johnson 5/10

Best when joining in England's attacks with Walcott on the right wing and saw a third-minute header at the far post saved. Combined well with Scott Parker to set up a Milner header. Defensively not the soundest.

Rio Ferdinand 5/10

Bedazzled and befuddled on the same pitch the previous Saturday by Barcelona, the Manchester United centre-back missed a header that would have prevented the first Swiss goal. Improved after the break; had little chance to attack at set pieces.

John Terry 5/10

The centre-back, and England captain, reunited with Ferdinand for the first time since 2009, struggled in thefirst-half when Swiss attacking intent, passing and ball retention was superior to England's. Better after half-time

Ashley Cole 5/10

Limped through much of the first 30 minutes of the match after a tackle by Behrami which saw the Arsenalleft-back leave the match early. Hadnot made much of an impression as England struggled for cohesion.

Jack Wilshere 7/10

Highlight of an all-action performance came in the 36th minute, the Arsenal midfielder bursting into the penalty area to win England's penalty. Before, had looked lively without producing the final ball. Booked for a foul on Barnetta but soon after picked out Darren Bent with a perfect pass, but the striker was thwarted. Tired towards end.

Scott Parker 5/10

Worked hard and without fuss in the holding role in England's three-man midfield, and was under pressure as the Swiss dominated early on. Gave away the free-kick that led to the opposition's second goal. Improved after the break.

Frank Lampard 5/10

Seemed to find it hard to get a foothold in a match which appeared to pass the Chelsea midfielder by. Fired in England's penalty under Benaglio's dive. Substituted at half-time as Fabio Capello sought greater penetration from a higher tempo.

Theo Walcott 5/10

Stretchered off in his previous match against the Swiss, the right-winger gave a more consistent account and, particularly after the interval, carried a greater threat, one fast break beating two men to set up Young. Replaced by Stewart Downing, who missed a great chance to win the match in the dying seconds.

James Milner 5/10

Preferred to Ashley Young as the player to give England width on the left with the promise of a more reliable and accurate rate of delivery, which rarelymaterialised. Combined well with Baines to set up Young's goal, England's second.

Darren Bent 5/10

Isolated and poorly served in the first period, had more support and service after half-time. Too slow to shoot after sent in by Wilshere, then put his best chance over the bar after Benaglio had saved Young's shot. An ugly miss.


Leighton Baines (6) Replaced injured Ashley Cole after 30 minutes. Very able deputy, worked well with Milner.

Ashley Young (7) On for second half for Lampard. Took his goal well, gave England a greater threat.

Stewart Downing (5) On for Walcott after 77 minutes.

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