Man for man marking: England
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Monday 28 May 2012
Rob Green: Struggled early in first cap for two years. Let Pedersen corner hit post but improved later and showed good handling. 7/10
Phil Jones: Comfortable and at ease in possession on only his fifth cap. Saw deflected shot hit post shortly after break. 6
Joleon Lescott: Senior member of defence helped guide former club colleagues around him. Became third captain of the night. 8
Phil Jagielka: Stood up well to Norwegian attacks as home side enjoyed majority of possession after break. Steady reserve. 7
Leighton Baines: Tested Jarstein with a free-kick and held up home attacks well as Norway pressed for a merited equaliser. 6
James Milner: Manchester City utility man drove poor effort straight at goalkeeper but willing to help out in defence and attack. 6
Steven Gerrard: Reinstated as captain, steamed into the tackle that forced Tom Hogli off early. Helped generate room for Young goal. 6
Scott Parker: Functional in possession before being withdrawn early in second half as a precautionary measure. 6
Stewart Downing: Set up Carroll header in first half but offered little else to win over the doubters after a poor season at club level. 6
Ashley Young: Continues to revel on national stage. Took goal superbly, after a fine turn. A useful alternative in Rooney's absence. 7
Andy Carroll: Powered header wrong side of post and kept defence busy but saw little of play after break. Set up Young for goal. 7
Best off the bench: Gareth Barry. Capped by eighth England manager but lasted just half an hour, before succumbing to injury. 5
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