Player ratings: Brave team display as Wales lose out to England

Wales' Aaron Ramsey reacts

Wales were beaten by a late Daniel Sturridge goal in Group B of their Euro 2016 clash.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey reactsWales' Aaron Ramsey reacts

Wales suffered late heartbreak at the hands of England after Daniel Sturridge's late goal put England top of Group B with one group match to go.

Gareth Bale's second free-kick in as many games gave Wales a half-time lead but they were pegged back by a Jamie Vardy close range strike just after the interval - benefiting from some good fortune after the ball ricochet off Ashley Williams into his path.

Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring their first goalWales' Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring their first goal

It looked as if Wales would hold on for a point until Daniel Sturridge's late strike beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post in stoppage time to give Roy Hodgson's side victory.

It was a brave display from Chris Coleman's side, who are now sitting second in Group B - but with their fate firmly in their own hands going into the final group game against Russia. 

Here's how they rated: 

Wayne Hennessey - Positioned himself well for a Gary Cahill header, decent save from Rooney earlier on in the second half. Could he have done better for Vardy's equaliser? Possibly. Dealt with one threatening Rose delivery shortly after equaliser very well. Will have been disappointed to have been beaten at his near post for Sturridge winner - 6

Chris GunterThought his positioning kept Danny Rose very quiet in the first half, though not as effective in the second half - 6

James ChesterMostly handled any threat Raheem Sterling possessed very well in the first half, read danger well. Didn't deserve to be on the losing side - 8

Ashley Williams - Couple of early instances when he gave the ball away needlessly, was perhaps unlucky in the direction of his header leading to England equalising. - 5 

Ben DaviesHandball appeal against him in the both halves - though he knew nothing about it. But he threw himself in front of everything. Epitomised a brave defensive performance - 7 

Neil TaylorCaught out early on by Lallana leading to Sterling chance, and going forward there needed to be some better delivery from him - 6

Joe AllenLovely nutmeg on Rooney in the first half, looking to nick the ball of England midfielders every time and recover possession - impressive considering he'd apparently been ill overnight (according to Dean Saunders anyway). Switched play, very hard to get past. - 7

England's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe AllenEngland's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe Allen

Joe LedleyEvident how much talking he was doing, put in a solid stint. His story is a remarkable one, really. Acquitted himself well - 6

Aaron Ramsey - Some terrific early aggression from the Arsenal man, and he was very busy though he would've liked a little more support going forward. A good performance - 7

Gareth Bale - Looked to be on the fringes of the game until that moment of quality from the free-kick and tried to do his bit defensively - 7

Hal Robson-KanuHard working and clearly a nuisance for the England back line, won free-kick for Wales opener. One doubts he will be clubless for long - 7

England's Gary Cahill in action with Wales' Hal Robson-KanuEngland's Gary Cahill in action with Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu


Dave Edwards - Gave Wales' midfield some much needed fresh legs but mostly stuck to task of trying to protect the back line - 6

Jonny Williams - Half chance got away from him, dropped deep and created another.  A nuisance when given the opportunity to be one - 6 

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