England v Malta - How the players rated

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard got his debut for England against Malta

England dominated the match against Malta but could only score twice in interim manager Gareth Southgate's first game in charge.

Southgate gave a debut to Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, while deploying captain Wayne Rooney in a midfield role.

Who impressed? Who struggled?

Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6

Barely had anything to do apart from one late save from Andre Agius.

Kyle Walker (right-back) 5

Nothing to do defensively and wasted too many good crossing positions.

Gary Cahill (centre-back) 6

Almost a night off. Missed a first-half chance.

John Stones (centre-back) 7

Hardly tested but immaculate when required.

Ryan Bertrand (left-back) 5

Only lasted 18 minutes after suffering a hamstring injury.

Jordan Henderson (midfielder) 8

Been critical of him in the past but easily England's best here. Busy and created opportunities.

Dele Alli (midfielder) 7

Industrious. Scored one goal, could have had others and missed badly near the end.

Wayne Rooney (midfielder) 5

Sat deep and sprayed passes around as well as having a couple of shots but not the driving force of old. Lucky to escape heavier sanction for a bad first-half challenge.

Theo Walcott (forward) 6

Worked hard with little end result. Missed a good second-half chance.

Jesse Lingard (forward) 7

Had a first-half header saved by Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg and almost set up a goal for Walcott in the second half. Decent debut.

Daniel Sturridge (forward) 7

Scored his first England goal at Wembley for two years and could have had others - a reminder of his class and threat.


Danny Rose (on for Bertrand, 18 minutes) 6

Decent performance as a substitute. Did his prospects no harm.

Marcus Rashford (on for Walcott, 67 minutes) 6

Clearly a big favourite with England's fans. Lively and Alli should have scored from his perfect cross.

Jamie Vardy (on for Sturridge, 73 minutes) 5

Quiet - little impact.

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