Euro 2016: England v Slovakia - how the players rated

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Saint-Etienne

England finished runners-up in Group B at Euro 2016 after failing to break the massed ranks of Slovakia during a goalless draw in Saint-Etienne.

Manager Roy Hodgson made six changes to his side from the win over Wales and the move did not come off.

Which players struggled and do any of them deserve any credit?

England team who played Slovakia in their group game at Euro 2016
Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Jamie Vardy, Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand came into the England side

Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6

One anxious second half moment of confusion with Chris Smalling and some routine work, but otherwise untroubled.

Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) 7

A real threat going forward with some good crosses and almost scored in the second half. Had little to do defensively.

Gary Cahill (centre-back) 6

Had little to do but what he did was solid and effective.

Chris Smalling (centre-back) 6

Same as Cahill. He had that one worrying moment with Hart but was never given much work to do.

Ryan Bertrand (left-back) 5

Spent too much time going into challenges with his arms in dangerous positions and was deservedly booked. Did not make any sort of case to oust Danny Rose.

Eric Dier (midfielder) 8

Dier is having an excellent Euro 2016. Solid as a rock as the defensive shield but also contributed as England pressed forward and looked like he might even break the deadlock late on.

Jack Wilshere (midfielder) 4

Looked exactly what he is. Less than fully fit and off the pace after barely any game time for Arsenal last season. A poor selection.

Jordan Henderson (midfielder) 5

Had a good spell in the middle of the first half but too many poor deliveries and simply not enough quality. Did not take his chance.

Adam Lallana (forward) 5

Positive opening with good feet, but lacked a cutting edge when in scoring positions.

Daniel Sturridge (forward) 5

Started well with some neat touches but then drifted out of the game. Came too deep and was marginalised.

Jamie Vardy (forward) 5

Tireless running and hustling of Slovakia's defence. Should have scored in the first half. His effectiveness was reduced when Slovakia camped on the edge of their own area for the last 30 minutes.


Wayne Rooney (on for Wilshere, 55 minutes) 6

Slovakia were already in base camp on the edge of their own area when he came on. Tried hard but could not fashion a breakthrough.

Dele Alli (on for Lallana, 60 minutes) 5

Almost scored seconds after coming on but still waiting to make his impact on the tournament.

Harry Kane (on for Sturridge, 74 minutes) 5

One or two half chances but the pattern of the game was set when he came on.

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