Man for Man Marking: England


Joe Hart


So feeble were Bulgaria that for a long while his best save was from Glen Johnson. Could keep the gloves for years. 7

Glen Johnson

Heart-in-mouth moment as he almost conceded an own goal trying to put the ball behind. Drawn too far inside occasionally. 5

Michael Dawson

Got away with one of the slips that have marred his early-season games, then suffered nasty-looking injury. 5

Phil Jagielka

Mostly untroubled by Bulgaria's one striker, Valeri Bojinov. Ambitious passes did not always find target. 6

Ashley Cole

Divorced in 60 seconds and almost scored his first England goal just as quickly; fine run and assist for Defoe. 7

Theo Walcott

A couple of excellent Arsenal performances have restored confidence. Took men on and crosses were threatening. 7

James Milner

Linked well with Cole down the left, ability to cross with both feet serving him well. Harsh treatment in second half. 7

Gareth Barry

Seemed to dovetail well with Gerrard despite risk of being outnumbered in the centre. Distribution still a worry. 6

Steven Gerrard

Happier and more effective at heart of the action. Some good raking passes and a useful contribution to the second goal. 7

Jermain Defoe

Did what he does best with a poacher's finish for the opener and an equally effective left-footed second and third. 9

Wayne Rooney

Fine start, helping to set up first Defoe goal then familiar frustration set in for a while before lifting himself after half-time. 8

Substitutes

Gary Cahill (for Dawson, 57) Yet another new centre-half, required for the last 33 minutes. Threw himself around in John Terry mode when Bulgaria threatened. 6

Adam Johnson (for Walcott, 74) Forced to sit and watch Walcott and Milner for first 74 minutes, the Man City winger looked sharp when he came on and deserved his goal. 7

Ashley Young (for Defoe, 87) Late appearance as replacement. n/a

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