England vs Greece: player ratings

Ollie Irish

17th, August 2006

Paul Robinson 6
Nothing to do in 45 minutes. Upstaged by replacement Chris Kirkland, who made a couple of very good saves in the second half. Place not certain.

Gary Neville 7
Seemed liberated by the absence of best mate Beckham down the right flank. Linked well with Steven Gerrard and reliable at the back, as ever.

Ashley Cole 7

A couple of lapses but his pace got him out of trouble. Made a terrific double goal-line clearance to preserve a clean sheet. If the Chelsea transfer saga is getting to him, he didn’t let it show last night.

England v Greece: player ratings continued…

Rio Ferdinand 8
Made several bold forays into the Greek half. A refreshing change from the Eriksson era, when Ferdinand rarely crossed the halfway line.

John Terry 8

Well that went well. I predicted he’d score the first goal and JT didn’t let me down. A natural born leader.

Owen Hargreaves 8

His remarkable transformation from unloved zero to cult hero is assured. Formidable energy and usually makes the right choices in possession. Man Utd will now do everything in their power to sign him from Bayern Munich in the next couple of days.

Steven Gerrard 8
Why couldn’t he play like this in Germany? This was much more like the Liverpool captain we marvel at every weekend in the Premier League.

Stewart Downing 7
His best display in an England shirt, but still behind Joe Cole in the pecking order.

Frank Lampard 7
After the World Cup fiasco, this was a belated return to form. Deserved his goal and worked hard for 90 minutes (Jose Mourinho will love that).

Peter Crouch 7

Excellent in the first half, anonymous in the second.

Jermain Defoe 6
Great pass for Lampard’s goal but didn’t add much else. Will step down when master Rooney returns.

Chris Kirkland 7
(for Robinson, ht), Kieran Richardson 7 (for Defoe, 69),
Aaron Lennon 6 (for Downing, 69), Jamie Carragher 5 (for Neville, 79),
Darren Bent 5 (for Gerrard, 79), Wayne Bridge 5 (for Cole, 81)

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