On Wednesday night at Wembley England defeated Iceland 4-0 in a match that meant very little.
In Nations league group A2, England were unable to top the group and progress into the Nations league finals, while Iceland were confined to the bottom of the group.
So, with only pride to play for, let us rank the performances of the English players.
Jordan Pickford – 7
The Everton shot-stopper found himself with very little to do all night. He had to show his distribution skills often in the first half but spent much of the second half watching the action take place at the other end of the Wembley pitch.
Kieran Trippier – 7
The Atletico Madrid man put in a solid showing as England’s right-wing back. He showed solid crossing skills and a fantastic work rate as he battles to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s side, in arguably one of the most competitive positions in this England squad. Substituted in the 85th minute for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Kyle Walker – 6.5
In his reformed role on the right side of the three England centre backs, Walker had a quiet night. He saw a fair bit of the ball as England looked to play it out from the back. Subbed off for Tyrone Mings after 64 minutes.
Eric Dier – 6
Played at heart of the England three, had very little to do against a toothless Iceland attack, his biggest contribution to the game being a poor attempt on goal from a free kick.
Harry Maguire – 7.5
A very promising performance from the Manchester United captain and the man who is expected to be England lead centre back at next summers Euros. He was solid when required defensively and often carried the ball forward exceptionally, if it wasn’t for Phil Foden missing a chance on goal Maguire would’ve found himself with an assist.
Bukayo Saka – 6.5
Worked hard up and down the left flank for England, was presented with a golden opportunity to score and more than likely would’ve if it wasn’t for a miskick. Drew two fouls Saevarsson, which lead to the Icelanders dismissal.
Mason Mount – 8
Back to his preferred position in the centre of midfield, Mount had a very good game. He scoring England’s second in the 24th minute, Mount was strong throughout and drew praise in a time where he has, unfairly, attracted criticism in the press due to Southgate’s decision to consistently select him. Substituted in the 64th minute for Harry Winks.
Declan Rice – 7.5
In a night where Rice opened up his England goal-scoring account with a header, that came off his shoulder, the 21-year old got England playing and kept them ticking in midfield, allowing Mount alongside to push forward. A performance to be proud of for Rice.
Jack Grealish – 8
England’s star man in defeat against Belgium on Sunday night shone once again. The Aston Villa captain showed exceptional skill and was strong throughout as the Iceland defence failed to contain him. Substituted for Jadon Sancho in the 76th minute. Was rewarded with the Man of the match award.
Harry Kane – 7
England’s captain was unable to score despite his five shots, he was however, able to provide the assist for Mason Mount’s goal. Nothing really of note to comment on, substituted in the 76th minute for Tammy Abraham.
Phil Foden – 9 (MOTM)
What a performance from the young Manchester City midfielder. An assist for Rice’s opener and then two goals himself in the 80th and 84th minutes. Consistently tight play with patches of real brilliance. Playing on the wing he excelled outwide, returning to the England squad after his expulsion due to the breaking of Covid-19 protocol with Mason Greenwood in Iceland for the reverse fixture. Ultimately, a fantastic performance to show exact why he deserves his place in the England squad.
Harry winks – 6.5
Tyrone Mings – 6
Tammy Abraham – 6
Jadon Sancho – 7
bagged an assist for Foden’s first
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – N/A
only played five minutes