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England Player Ratings: Trent Alexander-Arnold Was Three Lions' Main Threat, But Jesse Lingard Went Missing

England Player Ratings: Trent Alexander-Arnold Was Three Lions' Main Threat, But Jesse Lingard Went Missing

England finished third in the UEFA Nations League after a penalty shoot-out victory against Switzerland on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate's men dominated the match but missed a string of chances and were made to settle for spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw.

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The Three Lions emerged victorious 6-5 in the shoot-out, and here is how the players rated in the clash in Portugal.

Jordan Pickford - 8

Made a good save to deny Granit Xhaka early in the second half when he didn't have much to do before that. Answered when called upon - even in the penalty shoot-out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold - 8

England's best player and most creative attacking threat. Put in brilliant crosses for Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli in the first half and should have added to his impressive assist tally for Liverpool. Even when switched to the left, he put in another peach of ball in extra-time that should've been a goal.

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Joe Gomez - 7

Not played much football of late, coming back from a long-term injury for Liverpool. Defensive rock, albeit with not much Swiss threat, and very composed in possession.

Harry Maguire - 7

Solid at the back and rarely looked troubled - but the opposition wasn't the best.

Danny Rose - 7

Like Alexander-Arnold, showed a lot more attacking impetus than the full-back he replaced (Ben Chilwell) from Thursday night. Largely untroubled defensively.

Danny Rose was given a start at left-back against Switzerland
Danny Rose was given a start at left-back against Switzerland

Fabian Delph - 6

Improved from his poor showing on Thursday night, but still looked like a man not used to playing in the centre of the park having been used a lot as a left-back by Man City of late. Never took hold of the game when it was there to be won and made his presence known.

Eric Dier - 6

A much better performance than Declan Rice put in on Thursday night in the same position. Steady and consistent, perhaps could have done more from an attacking sense.

Dele Alli - 6

England missed his energy and runs from central midfield on Thursday night. Always looking to win the ball back high up the field as well.

When the big chance came, though, he headed over an inch-perfect cross from Alexander-Arnold when completely unmarked six yards out.

Jesse Lingard - 5

Went missing for large periods. Very quiet and never looked in the game. Given a start in place of Jadon Sancho, but was nowhere near his influential best.

Raheem Sterling - 5

Had England's best openings but spurned them all. Presented with a one-on-one in the 14th minute, he shot straight at the goalkeeper. In the second half, he was clean through but took a heavy touch and the chance was gone. Maybe feeling the effects of his exploits with Man City this season.

Almost won it in extra-time but his free-kick hit the bar.

Raheem Sterling missed England's best opportunities against Switzerland
Raheem Sterling missed England's best opportunities against Switzerland

Harry Kane - 7

Heavily involved early on and had a brilliant early chipped effort tipped onto the crossbar. Looked much improved from the Champions League final, but wasn't given the service by his midfield or strike partners.

Subs:

Kyle Walker (Rose 70) - 5

Came on for the closing stages, and didn't pick up the pace of the game. Nowhere near as creative or threatening going forward as Alexander-Arnold and a few shaky moments at the back.

Callum Wilson (Kane 75) - 6

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Almost had England's winner with five minutes to play, but VAR adjudged him to have fouled his Swiss marker earlier in the move. Rejuvenated England going forward when Kane was beginning to tire.

Ross Barkley (Delph 105)

Jadon Sancho (Lingard 105)

Topics: Trent Alexander Arnold, Lingard, England Team

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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