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

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