England player ratings v Scotland: Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere steal the show

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England managed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener and a Wayne Rooney brace downed the Tartan Army.

Fraser Forster 6/10 – Back at Parkhead, the former Celtic shot-stopper tipped a Mulgrew header over the bar in the second-half but, apart from picking the ball out of the net when Andrew Robertson scored in the 83rd-minute, he had little else to do.

Nathaniel Clyne 7/10 – Given another chance to impress after his debut against Slovenia, the Southampton man started slow but then grew into his role as the match wore on, doing enough to suggest that he could be a long-term solution.

Chris Smalling 6/10 – Missed a few simple passes, but there were clear glimpses of an international standard defender, despite the recent criticism he’s received at the club level.

Gary Cahill 6/10 – Entirely untroubled by Scotland’s Chris Martin in the first-half, Roy Hodgson opted to give him a well-earned rest at the break.

Luke Shaw 7/10 – A solid outing on the left flank, as he offered support going forward and proved reliable in defence, before going off in the 66th-minute.

Jack Wilshere 8/10 – Used the ball brilliantly deep in midfield, and managed to grab his first England assist with a wonderful pass in for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 32nd-minute opener.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7/10 – Got his head on the end of Wilshere’s pass to open the scoring, having recovered from a somewhat nervy start to grow into proceedings.

James Milner 6/10 – Provided the free-kick for Rooney’s 47th-minute first, and was his usual busy-self for the entire 90 minutes. Was perhaps slightly wasteful in possession, though.

Stewart Downing 5/10 – His first cap since 2012 lasted only 45 minutes, as the West Ham United ace just couldn't make the same kind of impact he’s managed for his club side in recent months.

Danny Welbeck 7.5/10 – Missed a few good chances, but was very lively on and off the ball, while his link-up play with Rooney was excellent. Felt his hamstring before going off for Sterling with 24 minutes left.

Wayne Rooney 8/10 - Headed in his 45th England goal early in the second half from Milner’s free-kick, before tapping home his 46th five minutes from the end. After a highly effective display, the skipper is now just three strikes away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record.

SUBSTITUTES

Phil Jagielka (Cahill 46) 6/10 – Had very little to contend with in the second-half.

Adam Lallana (Downing 46) 7/10 – A big upgrade from Downing, as he looked much more dangerous running at the Scotland defence, before passing across goal to assist Rooney’s clincher.

Kieran Gibbs (Shaw 66) 6/10 – Filled in well for Shaw in his cameo, proving England are in no trouble at left-back.

Raheem Sterling (Welbeck 66) 5/10 – Had little chance to showcase his attacking talents, and was beaten far too easily in defence by Robertson for the Scotland goal.

Rickie Lambert (Oxlade-Chamberlain 80) 6/10 – Involved in the buildup for the third, but some will no doubt question why he was on the pitch over the still uncapped Saido Berahino.

Ross Barkley (Wilshere 87) N/A – Just a short run out for the Everton youngster.

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