Raheem Sterling celebrates England's opening goal
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After a cagey first half, Raheem Sterling’s goal put England in front. Gareth Southgate’s side doubled their lead via the head of Harry Kane to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championship.
John Percy gives his verdict on how both England and Germany players’ fared.
Jordan Pickford — 8/10
Don’t forget Pickford’s role in this victory. Crucial saves from Werner and Havertz, while his distribution and handling were decent. Has had problems at club level but his performances for England are generally very good.
Kyle Walker — 6/10
Held a very high line, which was crucial in repelling Germany on the counter-attack. Moved into the centre of a back-four when Germany were in the England half, his adaptability is an asset.
John Stones — 7/10
The central figure in the back-three and unquestionably the pick of the England defenders. Confident in possession and controlled in his tackling. Cast aside all those doubts over his ability at international level.
Harry Maguire — 6/10
Solid enough in defence, yet still appears to be working his way back from injury. Sometimes when Maguire is given encouragement to break forward with the ball out of defence, the theme from Jaws would be an apt soundtrack. Important late on.
Harry Maguire had a number of chance in the first half
Kieran Trippier — 6/10
Playing as a wing-back, his defensive discipline has improved massively under the guidance of Diego Simeone at Atletico. Only criticism would be his delivery from set-pieces and corners.
Kalvin Phillips — 7/10
The ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ appeared nervous early on but did settle to become steadily more influential. Booked late in the first-half, so deserves credit for staying defensively solid while walking the tightrope.
Declan Rice — 7/10
His hopes of influencing the game in a major way were dealt a major blow after his booking in the 8th minute. Always involved and cutting out danger, he is growing into his role with England.
Luke Shaw — 7/10
Another message for Jose Mourinho here, with an impressive performance, particularly in the second-half. Pushed further up the field which could have been uncomfortable, he provided the crucial cross for Sterling’s opener.
Bukayo Saka — 6/10
A bold call from Southgate to pick ahead Saka of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, but he was fearless and started brilliantly, providing the spark England desperately required.. Tired as the second-half grew older.
Harry Kane — 5/10
There is no way of sugar-coating it, Kane has had a poor tournament and would arguably not be playing if Southgate had more faith in his other forwards. Having said all that, never write him off.
Harry Kane struggled to influence the match
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Raheem Sterling — 8/10
Seems to come alive on the international stage and was one of England’s main attacking threats in a central role behind Kane. His hesitation in releasing the ball must be worked on but once again underlined why Southgate has remained so loyal.
Subs: Grealish for Saka 69, Henderson for Rice 88.
Booked: Phillips, Rice, Maguire.
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England vs Germany Player ratings
Manuel Neuer — 5/10
Produced a fine early save from Sterling but this could be one of his final tournaments for Germany. The 35-year-old has played in far better German teams, for sure.
Matthias Ginter — 6/10
Has grown in stature over the tournament and formed a fine understanding with Hummels on the right of a back-three. Would have missed the quarter-finals after a booking.
Mats Hummels — 7/10
Utterly dominated Kane from start to finish and displayed all of his vast experience when England applied the pressure. A towering display and fully deserved his return to the squad at Euro 2020.
Antonio Rudiger — 5/10
Endured a difficult evening against the direct running of Saka and was frequently sloppy in possession.
Antonio Rudiger was robust in defence
Joshua Kimmich — 5/10
So versatile and influential going forward but far more restricted in this role. Little time on the ball and it seems a waste of his talent playing him so deep.
Toni Kroos — 6/10
The ballerina in the moshpit, and one player determined to remain calm amid the chaos. Comfortable in possession but limited in his threat.
Leon Goretzka — 6/10
Rewarded for his impact in training and Ilkay Gundogan’s injury worries, his pressing unsettled England at the start. Could not sustain his level of influence as England gained a foothold.
Robin Gosens — 5/10
Intriguing battle down the flank with Trippier, Gosens faded after an impressive start. Booked and replaced later on.
Kai Havertz — 5/10
Floating around the attacking areas with purpose, Havertz was one of Germany’s more dangerous players but never had the time or space to break the lines.
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Timo Werner — 5/10
A surprise choice ahead of Serge Gnabry, the Chelsea forward was clearly included for his pace. Missed his one decent chance in the first-half and was replaced late on by Gnabry.
Thomas Muller — 4/10
A poor tournament for one of Germany’s most experienced players, and his dreadful miss after England’s first goal, when clean through, was so costly. A pivotal moment in the match.
Subs: Gnabry for Werner 68, Can for Ginter 87, Sane for Gosens 87, Musiala for Muller 90.
Booked: Ginter, Gosens.
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
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