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England Player Ratings: John Stones To Blame For Both Goals But Marcus Rashford Impressed

England Player Ratings: John Stones To Blame For Both Goals But Marcus Rashford Impressed

England suffered more semi-final heartbreak when they were beaten by Netherlands in the Nations League on Thursday night.

The Three Lions took the lead through Marcus Rashford's penalty but conceded late on before the Dutch struck twice in extra-time.

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Here is how England's players rated in the semi-final clash on Thursday night.

Jordan Pickford - 6

Showed a few nervy signs when called upon - notably when he spilled a long-range effort from Ryan Babel in the first half. Couldn't do much about Matthijs De Ligt's equaliser and the extra-time winner.

Kyle Walker - 5

Sloppy in possession at the back and almost gifted Memphis Depay an equaliser early in the second half just when England looked to be taking control. Never looked a threat going forward.

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John Stones - 4

At fault for both Netherlands goals. Was completely outmuscled by De Ligt for the equaliser and couldn't handle him from corners. Then had a meltdown for the extra-time winner with a moment of madness.

John Stones gifted Netherlands a goal early in extra-time
John Stones gifted Netherlands a goal early in extra-time

Harry Maguire - 6

Robust at the back and very little got through him. Handled the Dutch strike-force pretty comfortably and had his hands full marking Virgil van Dijk from set-pieces.

Ben Chilwell - 6

Solid defensively and kept his opposite number at bay but failed to make an impact going forward down the flank and put pressure on Holland's full backs.

Fabian Delph - 5

Given a start in midfield and never exerted his influence on the game. Was replaced by Jordan Henderson in the 76th minute and England looked better in midfield after that.

Declan Rice - 5

Went missing in England's midfield when they needed a calming influence to manage the game and see out a 1-0 lead. Never gave England any control in midfield.

Jadon Sancho missed a glorious chance to double England's lead early in the second half
Jadon Sancho missed a glorious chance to double England's lead early in the second half

Ross Barkley - 6

Wasn't effective as a creative threat but unlucky that his one brilliant through ball to Jesse Lingard didn't mean much when the goal was disallowed for offside. Perhaps he could have released the ball a split second earlier.

Jadon Sancho - 6

Had flashes in the game but didn't do enough to trouble to Dutch full-backs. Final ball often let him down and, when he had a clear chance early in the second half to double England's lead, he headed straight at the goalkeeper from six yards.

Raheem Sterling - 7

A constant threat in the first half but lost possession too easily in the second when England needed someone to hold it up. Unfortunate that his moment of magic which led to Lingard putting the ball in the back of the net counted for nothing when the goal was disallowed.

Marcus Rashford - 8

His speed and awareness created England's opening goal. Very quick to react to De Ligt's error and win a penalty, then convert it. Taken off at half-time after a knock in the first half.

Marcus Rashford scored from the penalty spot after winning the spot-kick himself
Marcus Rashford scored from the penalty spot after winning the spot-kick himself

Subs:

Harry Kane (Rashford 46) - 6

Looked sharp and fresh up top when he came on in the second half, but was handled pretty comfortably by Virgil van Dijk and De Ligt.

Jesse Lingard (Sancho 61) - 8

Caused all sorts of problems for the Dutch defence when he came on in the second half and almost scored the winner, but for VAR ruling it out when he was millimetres offside.

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Jordan Henderson (Delph 77) - 7

Helped England regain control after they conceded the equaliser. Looked his usual, energetic and commanding self at the heart of midfield.

Dele Alli (Rice 106)

Topics: Rashford, England Team

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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