England 5-0 San Marino: Player Ratings as Three Lions cruise to comprehensive victory

Ross Jackson
Mar 25, 2021, 9:42 PM GMT
James Ward-Prowse and Ben Chilwell celebrate the England opener
James Ward-Prowse and Ben Chilwell celebrate the England opener | Pool/Getty Images
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England kicked off their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley on Thursday night.

After a host of missed chances early on, England finally broke the deadlock with 14 minutes played as James Ward-Prowse swept home following Ben Chilwell's smart cutback, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin's powerful header doubled the scoring seven minutes later.

Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 with an emphatic strike from close range before Calvert-Lewin doubled his tally for the night shortly after half-time with a simple finish, and there was even time for Ollie Watkins to open his England account with a neat finish into the bottom corner.

San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini pulled off a number of impressive saves to stop England stretching their lead on the night, but the result was never in doubt as Gareth Southgate celebrated his 50th game as Three Lions boss with a win.

That's the match highlights done with, now to those England player ratings...

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Conor Coady started at the heart of the England backline
Conor Coady started at the heart of the England backline | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Nick Pope (GK) - 6/10 - We cannot stress enough the fact he did absolutely nothing. Looked nice in his yellow kit and his singing during the national anthem reminded us of a young Charlotte Church. That's all we've got.

Reece James (RB) - 6/10 - Couldn't produce the kind of quality Chilwell did on the opposite flank but a constant outlet throughout. Given next to no defending to do.

John Stones (CB) - 6/10 - Given little more to do than just playing simple balls into midfield. Withdrawn at half-time after a first half where he barely broke into a jog.

Conor Coady (CB) - 6/10 - The Wolves man wasn't really given any more to do then his centre-back partner, though it was a memorable night as he was handed the captain's armband in the second half.

Ben Chilwell (LB) - 7/10 - Lovely cutback to Ward-Prowse as England opened the scoring. Seemed to be the catalyst for most of England's attacks and didn't stop surging forward all game.

2. Midfielders

James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for England after some wayward finishing from the home side early on
James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for England after some wayward finishing from the home side early on | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Kalvin Phillips (CM) - 6/10 - The Leeds man did what would be expected of him, sitting in midfield and recycling possession. Far from flashy but difficult to make an impression when so much of the game was played ahead of him.

James Ward-Prowse (CM) - 8/10 - Smart finish to break the deadlock. Clearly saw the night as his chance to impress and he took it with both hands, showing some lovely footwork and a seemingly endless supply of energy.

Mason Mount (AM) - 6/10 - Given something of a free role and seemed to pop up in just about every position on the pitch throughout the first half. Taken off at half-time with the game already won, further indication of his importance to Southgate.

3. Forwards

Raheem Sterling captained England in Harry Kane's absence
Raheem Sterling captained England in Harry Kane's absence | Pool/Getty Images

Jesse Lingard (RW) - 6/10 - Clearly desperate to impress on his return to the squad and maybe guilty of trying a little too hard at times as he snatched at a couple of efforts. Still, a good shift for the team.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) - 7/10 - Embarrassingly missed his kick when handed the seemingly simple task of tapping home early on, but soon found the net with a simple header. Grabbed a second with an easy close-range finish before being withdrawn. Good night's work topped off with a couple of striker's goals.

Raheem Sterling (LW) - 6/10 - Nice bit of wing play to get himself on the scoresheet in the first half after a couple of near misses. Withdrawn at half-time with Sunday's clash with Albania in mind.

4. Substitutes

Jude Bellingham was introduced at half-time
Jude Bellingham was introduced at half-time | Pool/Getty Images

Phil Foden (CM) - 7/10

Kieran Trippier (RB) - 6/10

Tyrone Mings (CB) - 6/10

Jude Bellingham (CM) - 7/10

Ollie Watkins (ST) - 6/10

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