England Under 21s Player Ratings v Finland

Saido Berahino

Southampton, West Brom, and Manchester United men star, while Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea players disappointed.

Player Ratings

Jack Butland – 7/10 – Majority of the night was spent twiddling his thumbs, but they say the best keepers are the ones that spend 90 minutes doing nothing and then producing a match winning save, well perhaps it wouldn’t have made much difference to the result but the save was astonishing.

Carl Jenkinson – 5/10 - Quiet game where he looked unimpressive for the most part, a few misplaced passes but a downer on his overall game. He came to life with one notable attack late on, but saw his shot saved.

Michael Keane – 7/10 – A tremendous header for the goal left the keeper no chance, as ever reliable in defence and played intelligent football from outside the back four. Good performance.

John Stones – 6/10 - Another good performance and came close to scoring in the first half, again from a Ward-Prowse ball into the box. Overall quiet run of the mill game for the Everton man, but still a clean sheet.

Luke Shaw – 8/10 – The full-back was full of beans against Finland and drove most the England sides attacks. He semi-created the second goal, as he saw his shot parried out to the feet of Berahino, who put it top corner from 6 yards out.

James Ward-Prowse – 8/10 – The Southampton midfielder played in a sitting midfield role, which he seemed to relish in. The main threat to Finland on the night as he created the majority of England’s chances, the 18-year-olds ability from set pieces was like watching a young David Beckham.

Nathaniel Chalobah – 5/10 – the Chelsea midfielder is clearly very short of form, and it showed with some very wayward passes. The criticism at Forest seems to be weighing heavy on his shoulders, despite the boost in being picked over Will Hughes, he showed no reason why.

Wilfried Zaha – 5/10 – The Manchester United winger is accepted for being ‘hot and cold’ but tonight, I think he was just plain stupid. The eagerness to grab headlines seemed to outweigh his desire to put in a good performance, and in the end it really did him no favours.

Ravel Morrison – 6/10 – probably the most ‘competent’ out of the initial attacking 3 midfielders, he certainly didn’t disgrace himself. I wish he had looked for the ball more often and showed a bit more when he had it and in the end will class it as an ineffective performance.

Raheem Sterling – 4/10 – The worst performance of the night goes to Liverpool’s wonderkid, or as he should be known after this game a sprinter. He clearly relied on his pace and ran down more blind allies than he would have done if he was playing in a maze, as well as showing himself to be extremely lightweight and indecisive – it wasn’t a good night for him.

Saido Berahino – 7/10 – He came alive in the second half a lot more, but unfortunately a lot of the time was found being greedy with the ball. Another night he could have scored 2 goals, and set up 3 or 4 but his eagerness to pull the trigger again was all too strong. He nearly scored a hat-trick and showed some neat touches in the box, reminds me of a young Jermaine Defoe.


Will Hughes – 7/10 – Came on for Nathaniel Chalobah and looked to make an impression, which he did. A lot of England players tonight were extremely indecisive and stood on the ball too much, Hughes came into the game and brought a sense of intelligence, urgency and sharpness to the play and was part of 2 of the best moves of the game. Good cameo.

Jesse Lingard – 7/10 – Extremely sharp when he came on and with only 10 minutes to make his mark, I don’t think he could have done much better. Showed very nice touches around the box to create openings and set up the 3rd goal with an intelligent piece of play.

Tom Ince – 5/10 – He didn’t really have the same effect as the other two subs and missed an absolute sitter, whilst it may have been difficult to control – 4 yards out, with an open goal… you’ve got to score them.

image: © Catherine Kõrtsmik

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