England fans react to Smalling, Carrick and Welbeck performances

The Manchester United trio found themselves under the spotlight in England's 2-0 win over Poland, in which they sealed World Cup qualification.

Wayne Rooney scored the early goal, but how did his United teammates get on wearing the Three Lions shirt?

Danny Welbeck has been a regular performer for England, but despite this goal at Euro 2012, has not always convinced, with outshone by Daniel Sturridge at Premier League level.


He was joined in the line-up by Roy Hodgson's most discussed selections against Poland, experienced midfielder Michael Carrick, so often overlooked by England, but preferred to Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere.

Chris Smalling also got the nod ahead of clubmate Phil Jones at right-back, with Kyle Walker suspended and Glen Johnson out injured.

Here we are taking a look at the trio's performances statistically, and from an anecdotal angle:


Chris Smalling achieved his main objective, he helped England keep a clean sheet. The stand-in right-back made three tackles and three interceptions, also making three effective clearances. He only gave away one foul, crucially not putting his team under more pressure than they needed to be. He completed more passes (45) than fellow full-back Leighton Baines (42), with a higher completion ratio 87 per cent vs 83 per cent - also having two successful dribbling attempts going forward, more than any other defender.


Carrick played 70 minutes for England, substituted for Chelsea's Frank Lampard. During his time on the pitch, his 66 passes completed was the highest of any England player, with Steven Gerrard the only one to surpass the figure over 90 minutes.

His passing was also pinpoint, completing 94 per cent of his passes, a figure matched only by winger Andros Townsend, who made 31 passes. Carrick made three tackles, the highest of any midfield player, although his one crossing attempt was unsuccessful, and none of his passes created goalscoring opportunities.


Striker Danny Welbeck had a very frustrating evening. He had five shots on goal, but not a single one registered on target, including one from close range from a corner in the first half. Welbeck did though make four key passes, more than any other England player apart from Steven Gerrard. Defensively he made two tackles and one interception, but completed just 79 per cent of his passes, with just Wayne Rooney (67 per cent) lower.

How do you think the trio played?

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