England under-21 player ratings: Tottenham man struggles, Premier League duo impress

Stoke City, Arsenal, Leicester City, Cardiff City, Everton, Chelsea, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Manchester United stars all feature.

England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate named a strong and talented side for the start of his team’s campaign to win the European Championship last night.

However, the Three Lions couldn’t get the better of their Portuguese counterparts, losing the game 1-0 which leaves them with plenty of hard work to do as they look to recover.

Southgate included the likes of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in his line-up, with Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal featuring along the back four, with talented Southampton youngster James Ward-Prowse in midfield.

Here are our player ratings for the England team based on last night’s game.

Butland – 7

Made the right calls at the right times during the game and the Stoke City goalkeeper showed the potential he’s always promised.

Jenkinson – 6

Good work rate on the right hand side. Got forward well to provide an extra wide option but occasionally exposed in defence.

Moore – 7

Looked strong against slippery attackers. He’s definitely benefited from the experience of a season in Leicester’s back four.

Gibson – 5

Usually very reliable in the Cardiff City defence but struggled to stay light on his feet and adjust to the movement of the Portuguese attack.

Garbutt – 6

The Everton man worked hard on the left but will definitely have better games. Struggled under heavy pressure from Portugal’s right sided winger.

Chalobah – 6

The Chelsea owned youngster will be disappointed with his performance, as he was the man tasked with offering some protection to Moore and Gibson.

Ward-Prowse – 5

Southampton’s star couldn’t get into the game and Portugal deserve credit for smothering and taking him out of the equation.

Carroll – 5

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder played some typically smart football in the first-half but was overpowered during the second period, eventually replaced by Alex Pritchard.

Redmond – 7

The Norwich City winger always looked lively out wide. He’s got great pace and is always looking to get on the front foot and attack defenders.

Lingard – 5

The Manchester United man tried to get into the game and probe from an attacking position, but looked frustrated.

Kane – 6

A quiet performance for Tottenham’s top scorer from last season. However, he burst into life on a couple of occasions and always looked as though he could get a goal.

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