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Which Liverpool and Manchester United men shone for England in the win over Malta?

It was a controlling and dominant performance by England in Gareth Southgate’s first game as interim manager, but the Three Lions could only score twice against a dogged and determined Maltese outfit, who had goalkeeper Andrew Hogg to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable. Two first-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli were enough to see off the visitors, and there was a debut for Manchester United wide-man Jesse Lingard, in a match where skipper Wayne Rooney featured in midfield once again.

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But how did the players rate in this one sided affair? Who impressed and who struggled to get into gear at Wembley?


Hart- 6: Had barely anything to do all night and was reliable when called upon late-on to thwart Andre Agius.

Walker- 5: Untested defensively but going forward he was far to wasteful in the final-third with his crossing.

Cahill- 6: Again he had nothing to do in defence, but when his chance came in the first-half to score it went begging.

Stones- 7: Didn’t have a great deal to do defensively but a presence in both boxes and did his job well. Always wanting to be on the ball.

Bertrand- 5: His night only lasted for 18 minutes after pulling up with a hamstring problem.

Henderson- 8: Constantly wanting the ball and looking to create opportunities. Albeit against smaller opposition England could use this type of performance from the Liverpool man more regularly.

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Alli- 7: Creative, a threat throughout and got his goal. Could have been on the scoresheet more than once and missed one guilt-edged chance near the end.

Rooney- 5.5: He sat deep playing passes as well as trying his luck a couple of times, drawing a fine first-half save from Andrew Hogg. Clearly entering the twilight of his England career.

Walcott- 6: Worked hard and ran the flanks well but lacked end product. Wasteful in front of goal.

Lingard- 7.5: His first-half header drew another fine save from goalkeeper Andrew Hogg and he laid a golden opportunity on a plate for Walcott which was wasted. None too shabby a debut for the Manchester United man.

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Sturridge- 7: Opened the scoring with a fine effort, his first Wembley goal in two years. Could have had more but wasted a couple of decent chances.


Rose- 6.5: Played well after replacing Ryan Bertrand on 18 minutes. Now surely in contention to start in Ljubljana against Slovenia.

Rashford- 6: Came on for Walcott on 67 minutes and was greeted well by England fans. Put in a wonderful cross from which Dele Alli should have done better.

Vardy- 5: Came on for Sturridge with just over a quarter of an hour remaining. The Leicester man had somewhat of a quiet evening after coming on.

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Hogg- 8

Borg- 5

Zach Muscat- 5

Agius- 6

Camilleri- 5

Alex Muscat- 5

Kristensen- 5

Sciberras- 5

Fenech- 5

Schembri- 6

Effiong- 5


Rowen Muscat- 4

Michael Mifsud- 4.5

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