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England 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina player ratings: Southgate given food for thought as Palmer opens international account

By CJ Smith

England 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina player ratings: Southgate given food for thought as Palmer opens international account

Published: 21:48, 3 June 2024

England’s final preparations for Euro 2024 got off to the best possible start as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Monday evening.

Playing in Newcastle for the first time since 2006, the Three Lions were kept at bay for large periods by a stubborn Bosnian side. However, they finally found the breakthrough on the hour mark as Cole Palmer dispatched his 10th senior career penalty to open his national team account.

Some substitutions injected much-needed impetus for England, who put Bosnia and Herzegovina to the sword with late goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane. It’s a scoreline that, perhaps, flatters England, but also shows just how much quality and depth they have within their ranks. Especially with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka missing.

Of course, for many on the pitch, Monday was all about catching the attention of Gareth Southgate. So, how did they do?

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England player ratings vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jordan Pickford – 6/10 – Didn’t have a single save to make but was there to clean up when required.

Ezri Konsa – 8/10 – Caused plenty of problems in the Bosnia and Herzegovina box from set pieces, winning the penalty for Palmer. Performed consistently all night despite spending time at right-back, left-back and centre-back. That versatility could see him called into the final squad that heads to Germany.

Lewis Dunk – 8/10 – Only misplaced one of his 64 attempted passes and caused a bit of havoc at the other end of the pitch from set pieces.

Marc Guehi – 5/10 – Endured a couple of nervous moments on the ball and almost cost England a goal with a loose pass shortly before half-time.

Kieran Trippier – 7/10 – If there were any pre-match nerves about to captaining his country in the stadium where he currently plays his club football, Trippier didn’t show it. Crisp and clean on the ball and did what he needed to defensively.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9/10 – Looked completely at home in midfield once again, controlling the tempo and switching the play with pinpoint accuracy. Volleyed home a much-deserved fourth senior England goal late on to cap off an excellent display.

Conor Gallagher – 7/10 – Was as dynamic and combative as usual in midfield and always looked to make things happen when he got the ball.

Jarrod Bowen – 6/10 – Had some lively moments but it wasn’t Bowen’s best game. Unlucky not to open his England account late on with his shot accidentally hitting Konsa on the way in before falling to Kane to make it 3-0.

Cole Palmer – 8/10 – Looked lively in patches, but his best moment was obviously as he opened his England account from the penalty spot just before being substituted.

Eberechi Eze – 8/10 – England’s brightest spark for large periods with his driving runs and positive play. Completed three of his five attempted dribbles and played two passes into the final third.

Ollie Watkins – 5/10 – A passenger at times, although he was given precious little service. Even so, has done little to suggest he can adequately step in for Kane if needed.


Harry Kane (62′, for Watkins) – 8/10 – Got his customary goal late on and looks in great shape to lead England in the nation where he now plies his trade.

Jack Grealish (62′, for Eze) – 8/10 – Needed a big performance after struggling for City and that’s exactly what he got, creating two chances, including the assist for Alexander-Arnold, while he completed all 15 of his attempted passes.

James Maddison (62′, for Palmer) – 7/10 – Helped inject some urgency and quality from the bench. Looked very bright and has certainly sent Southgate a message.

Jarrad Branthwaite (62′, for Guehi) – 6/10 – Wasn’t asked to do much defending on his England debut, but looked composed on the ball. Harshly booked for a collision contesting an aerial ball.

Adam Wharton (62′, for Wharton) – 7/10 – Making his international debut just six months after playing Championship football, it’s been some rise for Adam Wharton. The Crystal Palace man didn’t look phased by the occasion at all, completing all 36 of his passes and creating two chances.

Joe Gomez (73′, for Dunk) – 6/10 – Didn’t really have enough time to get into the game, but was neat and tidy when he got the ball.