England were runaway winners against the European minnows last night with goals from Jermain Defoe (2), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frank Lampard, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and an own goal secured a comfortable victory. But who really caught the eye.
Doing player ratings after a game in which one team had 82% of the possession is an almost thankless task and considering the standard of opposition posed by San Marino not exactly anything to get excited by.
But there were some English players who stood out more than others in the 8-0 drubbing of the joint worst team in world football.
So here are our player ratings from the game last night.
Joe Hart: 6
It really is hard to give Hart anything above the starting position considering he did absolutely nothing for 90 minutes.
Chris Smalling: 6
As solid as he had to be against poor opposition.
Joleon Lescott: 6
Please refer to previous comment regarding Chris Smalling.
Kyle Walker: 7
Much better in the second half when he realised he had very little to do in the defensive half of the field and started pushing on. His assist for Jermain Defoe’s second was a highlight.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Hard to give the accolade to anyone really but Baines was the most prominent player in the team throughout.
He was a constant threat and with Ashley Young ahead of him it looked like he was playing with Steven Pienaar out on the left; recreating a devastating left-side partnership from club level.
Frank Lampard: 7
Played advanced and showed some neat touches in the midfield to help the game tick over in a professional manner. Grabbed a goal for his troubles.
Tom Cleverley: 7
Another polished performance from Roy Hodgson’s little prodigy. Taken off early for a rest ahead of the Montenegro game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 8
His pace and direct attitude continually threatened the immobile defence. Scored a well worked goal.
Ashley Young: 8
First of all he scored an absolute screamer and he was also the perfect foil for Baines attacking full-back presence.
Jermain Defoe: 8
We knew he was going to score goals if given the chance tonight and he didn’t disappoint. Two goals and that should have been a hat-trick after a mercy off-side decision in the first half.
Wayne Rooney: 7
Came out for the second half with the clear intention of getting his name on the score-sheet. He did so with a curling free-kick and duly walked off to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
Leon Osman: 6
Somehow in the short time Osman was on the pitch he managed to be the dirtiest player at the end of play as he insisted on throwing himself around the Serravalle field.
Slightly unnecessary but he did little wrong.
Daniel Sturridge: 6
He may have scored but his earlier miss from a yard out has dropped his score down one level.
Scott Parker: 6
Had barely anything to do in a cameo performance.
Who do you think was England’s best performer against San Marino?
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