World Cup 2018: How England's players rated in Russia

By Phil McNultyChief football writer

England finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup, equalling their efforts at Italia '90.

But how did the England players perform? BBC Sport's chief football Phil McNulty has looked at the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad. Included are the average marks you have given the players via our Player Rater from each game.

Jordan Pickford (goalkeeper) 9

Jordan Pickford

Starts: 7; substitute appearances: 0; clean sheets: 1

Quiet start and some questions after Belgium group game but then an outstanding contributor. Vital save in penalty shootout against Colombia and brilliant against Sweden. Great courage and quality - can be England's keeper for the next decade. Superb effort.

Your average rating: 6.71 (second best in squad)

Kyle Walker (centre-back) 7

Kyle Walker

Starts: 5; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Had moments of uncertainty adjusting to a new role on the right side of a three-man defence but his pace gives England an added defensive dimension. An experiment worth persisting with.

Your average rating: 6.11 (ninth best in squad)

John Stones (centre-back) 8.5

John Stones

Starts: 7; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 2

Looked the class act everyone believed he would be. Scored goals and was an attacking threat as well the model of composed defending - only blemish was getting caught slightly on his heels for Croatia's winner in the semi-final. Flawless final performance against Belgium.

Your average rating: 6.35 (fifth best in squad).

Harry Maguire (centre-back) 8

Harry Maguire

Starts: 6; substitute appearances: 1; goals: 1

Hugely popular figure backed up his 'man of the people' persona with a string of outstanding performances and a goal against Sweden. Came of age during this World Cup.

Your average rating: 6.51 (third best in squad).

Jordan Henderson (midfielder) 7

Jordan Henderson

Starts: 5; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Unsung but vital. Worked tirelessly throughout and added a more positive edge to his game. Has made the pivot role his own, and is also the consummate professional and character.

Your average rating: 6.45 (fourth best in squad)

Kieran Trippier (right wing-back) 9

Kieran Trippier

Starts: 6; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 1

An England star in Russia and arguably their best outfield player. Trippier's defending and attacking delivery was a revelation and epitomised England's spirit.

Your average rating: 7.19 (best in squad).

Jesse Lingard (midfielder) 7

Jesse Lingard

Starts: 5; substitute appearances: 1; goals: 1

Quiet in the semi-final but more than made his contribution to England reaching the last four. Scored a brilliant goal against Panama and made Dele Alli's against Sweden. Reputation enhanced.

Your average rating: 6.31 (seventh in England squad).

Dele Alli (midfielder) 5

Dele Alli

Starts: 4; substitute appearances: 1; goals: 1

Scored a vital goal against Sweden but a poor World Cup. He never really seemed to recover from sustaining a thigh injury in the first game against Tunisia.

Your average rating: 5.12 (16th best in squad)

Ashley Young (left wing-back) 6

Ashley Young

Starts: 5; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Experience was key for England but at times looked what he is - a converted winger. Place will now be under pressure from Ryan Sessegnon.

Your average rating: 5.76 (10th best in squad).

Raheem Sterling (forward) 5

Raheem Sterling

Starts: 6; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

The great enigma. So much talent and so much hard work - but is an attacker who has not scored for England in 26 games and has a poor record of assists. Southgate has great faith but this must change.

Your average rating: 4.66 (19th best in squad).

Harry Kane (forward) 7

Harry Kane

Starts: 6; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 6

Strange tournament. Likely Golden Boot winner with six goals but did not actually receive much service and faded as the tournament progressed. A top-class striker and character but will rue that missed chance against Croatia that would have put England two up. Needs better service.

Your average rating: 6.32 (sixth best in squad).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (midfielder) 6

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Starts: 3; substitute appearances: 1; goals: 0

Did not quite build on an impressive cameo against Tunisia but did enough to suggest he will be firmly in Southgate's plans for the future. Has a touch of class.

Your average rating: 6.13 (eighth best in squad).

Eric Dier (midfielder) 4

Eric Dier

Starts: 2; substitute appearances: 4; goals: 0

Lost his place in midfield alongside Henderson as Southgate went for a more positive formation. Scored the winning penalty against Colombia but when he figured looked off the pace and out of sorts.

Your average rating: 5.10 (17th best in squad).

Danny Rose (left wing-back) 5

Danny Rose

Starts: 2; substitute appearances: 3; goals: 0

Did not make a case for being Southgate's first-choice left-back when the dust settles on this World Cup. Decent attacking outlet but culpable for Adnan Januzaj's winner for Belgium in the group game and caught again for Thomas Meunier's goal in the play-off.

Your average rating: 5.14 (15th best in squad).

Fabian Delph (left wing-back/midfielder) 6

Fabian Delph

Starts: 2; substitute appearances: 2; goals: 0

Dependable when called upon and all the soundings were that Delph was an outstanding character in and around the squad.

Your average rating: 5.22 (13th best in squad).

Phil Jones (centre-back) 5

Phil Jones

Starts: 2; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Reliable for long spells then his flaws are exposed as they were when Eden Hazard scored Belgium's second in the play-off.

Your average rating: 4.20 (20th best in squad).

Marcus Rashford (forward) 6

Marcus Rashford

Starts: 1; substitute appearances: 5; goals: 0

Showed plenty of enterprise when starting against Belgium and always energetic as a substitute. Showed remarkable cool and maturity to score his penalty in the shootout against Colombia and will be back for more tournaments in future.

Your average rating: 5.75 (11th best in squad)

Jamie Vardy (forward) 5

Jamie Vardy

Starts: 1; substitute appearances: 3; goals: 0

Struggled to make an impact against Belgium and had a quiet tournament.

Your average rating: 5.08 (18th best in squad)

Gary Cahill (centre-back) 5

Gary Cahill

Starts: 1; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Solid enough on his one start against Belgium but must now decide whether, at 32, he wants to continue his England career when he is clearly now going to be on the margins rather than a starter.

Your average rating: 5.15 (14th best in squad)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (right wing-back) 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Starts: 1; substitute appearances: 0; goals: 0

Liverpool's teenage right-back acquitted himself well and showed good temperament in his only start against Belgium. Outstanding prospect and one for England's future.

Your average rating: 5.51 (12th best in squad)

Danny Welbeck (forward) 4

Danny Welbeck

Starts: 0; substitute appearances: 1; Goals: 0

Barely used. Another whose long-term England future must be in question.

Your average rating: 4.14 (21st best in squad).

Jack Butland and Nick Pope (goalkeepers) n/a

Jack ButlandNick Pope

Neither played in the World Cup.

How did you rate the England players?

During and after every match of the World Cup you have been able to rate all of the players. Here are your averages for the England players throughout the competition.

1. Kieran Trippier67.19
2. Jordan Pickford76.71
3. Harry Maguire7 (1 as sub)6.51
4. Jordan Henderson56.45
5. John Stones76.35
6. Harry Kane66.32
7. Jesse Lingard6 (1 as sub)6.31
8. Ruben Loftus-Cheek4 (1 as sub)6.13
9. Kyle Walker56.11
10. Ashley Young55.76
11. Marcus Rashford6 (5 as sub)5.75
12. Trent Alexander-Arnold15.51
13. Fabian Delph4 (2 as sub)5.22
14. Gary Cahill15.15
15. Danny Rose5 (3 as sub)5.14
16. Dele Alli5 (1 as sub)5.12
17. Eric Dier6 (4 as sub)5.10
18. Jamie Vardy4 (3 as sub)5.08
19. Raheem Sterling64.66
20. Phil Jones24.20
21. Danny Welbeck1 (as sub)4.14


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