Sweden 4-2 England: Player ratings

Leon Osman

Last night was the Zlatan show in Stockholm as Sweden fought back from 2-1 down to earn a snippet of revenge for their Euro 2012 defeat. Danny Welbeck was our pick of the England players while Manchester City's Joe Hart and Chelsea's Gary Cahill receive low marks in Steven Gerrards historic 100th game for England.

Here's a full run down...

Joe Hart: 3

Poor just poor from the England number one keeper. While Zlatan deserves a 10 of course for his efforts, in particular that magnificent overhead kick, the fact remains that two mistakes from Joe Hart gifted the Sweden captain his moment in the sun.

Glen Johnson: 6

Understated performance from the right-back but nothing to stand himself out from the crowd and warrant more than a distinctly average performance.

Leighton Baines: 7

He tried his best to get forward throughout the game and I disagree with the ITV pundits (no surprise) who blamed him for the first goal which started too high up the pitch to be blamed on the defence.

Steven Caulker: 7

Being a little kind to Steven considering he scored on his debut but by comparison to the woeful Gary Cahill he looked the player with international experience. His casuality on the ball is sometimes a worry but in general a promising breakthrough from the Spurs man.

Gary Cahill: 3

Throughout the 90 minutes he did absolutely nothing right. He and Shawcross looked awful as a pairing and his communication with Joe Hart seemed as if one of them was speaking gobbledygook. Zlatan ran him ragged for the entire fixture at times making him look a pub player; he isn’t the first and won’t be the last player to suffer this indignity so has to forget tonight ever happened and fast.

Steven Gerrard: 7

Looked comfortable in a deeper role and after he stopped playing the long balls on his historic 100th cap he had a very good game. Once again his dead ball delivery was superb although some choice defending also helped for his Caulker assist.

Leon Osman: 8

Why on earth was this Osman’s first England cap? Fitted in like an international regular breaking up the play beautifully throughout and showing some neat touches in the attacking third. His interception started the move for the first goal and was neat and tidy throughout. Hopefully the first of many.

Tom Cleverley: 6

While not outstanding once again Cleverley was neat and tidy throughout and rarely gave away possession. Could have scored in the first half.

Ashley Young: 7

Pains me to give him a seven as apart from his wonderful skill and delivery for the first goal he was pretty ordinary throughout.

Raheem Sterling: 7

Struggled at first with the physicality of international football and received little help from the referee. Once he found his feet the Liverpool man looked sharp and aggressive out wide and this was certainly a promising debut.

Danny Welbeck: 9

Every time he plays for England he gets better and better and last night was no exception. He gave Andreas Granqvist a torrid time throughout and even looked dangerous when switched out onto the left-wing after Sturridge’s introduction. Grabbed a goal and Zlatan’s shirt for his efforts and was England’s man-of-the-match.


Jack Wilshere: 5

Disappointing on his return to international football and earned a silly booking for a petulant foul on Zlatan.

Daniel Sturridge: 5

Always trying too hard to impress which is commendable but comes across as sketchy in performance.

Ryan Shawcross: 4

Not a debut he will want to remember as Zlatan schooled him for the equalising Swedish goal.

Carl Jenkinson: 5

Barely got a touch but did get forward well to have a strike at goal.

Tom Huddlestone: 6

Genuinely showed some decent touches when he came on and a delightful couple of passes. Easily the most impressive of the substitutes.

Wilfried Zaha: N/A

Came on late for his debut but had little time to make an impact.

What were your England ratings from last night?

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