Ukraine 0 England 0: Jack Wilshere is not ready for international football - bring back Michael Carrick...

Five things we learned from England's draw in Kiev

1. Jack Wilshere is not ready for international football

Given his high profile and his clear gifts, it is easy to forget that Jack Wilshere is not especially experienced at the top level. But this was only his fourth competitive international of his career and it showed.

Wilshere struggled to make much of an impact, failing to find space in between the lines and not keeping the ball very well when he did get it. The slower pace of international football looked slightly beyond him, and more often than was desirable Wilshere ran straight into Ukrainian tackles. Of course, he is young and there is far more to come but maybe not at this level quite yet.

2. Konoplyanka is the winger they will all want

Whether he makes it to the World Cup next summer or not, Yevhen Konoply-anka will surely be one of the most exciting wingers of the next decade. He tormented Kyle Walker throughout with his perfect cushion-touch, his awareness and his burst of pace. There is a hint of Georgi Kinkladze to him.

Konoplyanka still plays his club football in Ukraine for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and while he would be a wonderful player to have in the Premier League there will be intense competition for his signature throughout 2014.

3. England cannot do without Wayne Rooney

For all the issues with Wayne Rooney's club career, at international level he is still the indispensable man. It is clear in most England games that he is on a different level of intelligence and awareness from most of his team-mates, and so it was tonight.

Rickie Lambert put himself about well, won a few free-kicks and a few knock-downs. If paired with Wayne Rooney in a 4-4-2 he would probably do some damage. But, judging on tonight, the movement and the link-ups are just not what they are with Rooney, who remains England's crucial player by a distance.

4. Joe Hart has a month to shake off his carelessness

The good news, for Joe Hart and England, is that he has another month to rediscover some form before the final qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. Tonight was another display in keeping with his start to the season for Manchester City, as he suffered again with that nervous carelessness which has afflicted him.

It could have been much worse. In the first minute Hart was visibly unsure about how to deal with a low ball into the box, rushed out late and felled Ukraine striker Roman Zozulya. It should have been a penalty, but wasn't, and England were spared.

5. Carrick should have played

Watching an England performance this short of quality and control, it was easy to wonder why Michael Carrick, an Englishman who retains possession better than any other, was not in the side. On a night of dismally low quality from both sides – don't rush to bet on either winning the World Cup next summer – the inability of either team to keep the ball was infuriating. Carrick is no panacea – he played through the costly Podgorica collapse in March, and would not be able to improve the passing of the defence. But he would, surely, have brought a slight improvement.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy