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Every England player rated as Harry Kane does what Gary Lineker couldn’t in 2-1 win over Switzerland

By Harry Edwards

Published: 19:35, 26 March 2022

England started World Cup year with a hard-fought victory over Switzerland on Saturday evening, having to come from behind in London.

It was a mixed England starting XI and Breel Embolo gave Switzerland the lead midway through the first half with a good header.

But a Luke Shaw strike just before half-time and Harry Kane’s penalty helped England turn things around to keep their unbeaten run going.

Here’s how the England players rated at Wembley:

England player ratings

Jordan Pickford – 8 – Rooted to the spot for Breel Embolo’s header but it was an otherwise brilliant game from Pickford, who was the main reason England weren’t 3-0 down by the time Luke Shaw equalised. Had a quieter second half but this was England’s Jordan Pickford in top form.

Marc Guehi – 7 – Did not look out of place in the England back line and was the best of the three starting centre-backs.

Conor Coady – 5 – In the side as a left-footer, Coady didn’t really bring the defensive stability Southgate would have hoped as the experienced centre-back and it’s hard to see him starting when everyone else is available.

Ben White – 6 – A late addition into the starting XI after John Stones got injured in the warm up, it wasn’t the best of starts for Ben White as he missed his header on Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross for Embolo’s goal – though it was a quality pass. Pushed to right-back after second-half changes and improved, looking composed defensively.


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Kyle Walker-Peters – 7 – Had a decent game even with most of the attacking play going down the other flank, but he proved hard to beat when Switzerland tried to get at him. Pushing high up the pitch, Walker-Peters read a Switzerland pass well to intercept for Shaw’s goal and he was decent in the second half before coming off.

Conor Gallagher – 7 – A lively 60 minutes on the pitch, getting forward a lot and filling the gaps left by Harry Kane. Got the assist for Shaw’s goal with a dangerous ball to the edge of the area, though it was likely for Mount. “He looked at home, he looked really good,” Jamie Redknapp said after the game. “He was classy, high energy, chances, an assist for a goal. I think his star has certainly gone up today.”

Jordan Henderson – 7 – This was a standard Jordan Henderson performance. Brought the composure to the midfield and sat back while his teammates pushed forward. Not the most eye-catching of players but an important one nonetheless.

Mason Mount – 5 – Pressed high and showed good awareness to leave the ball for Shaw’s goal but didn’t really add too much to the team – somewhat lost in the attack at times and not showing up enough defensively.

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Luke Shaw – 7 – The busier of the wing-backs getting forward quite a lot, looking much better than he has for Man Utd of late. And it was he who got the equaliser for England, rifling home with a powerful effort from the edge of the area.

Phil Foden – 7 – Played as Kane’s strike partner, drawing on his attacking role at Man City and was the more advanced back in the duo. Had a good first half and kept things up after half-time though he couldn’t find a killer attacking contribution before going off.

Harry Kane – 6 – Despite scoring the winner, this wasn’t the best Kane performance as he looked off the pace at times, even with England being so used to him dropping deep. When they needed Kane he wasn’t there in the first half. But then he did as Harry Kane does and scored the winning goal from the penalty spot, his 49th strike for England, moving level with Bobby Charlton. Thankfully he didn’t try a Panenka as Gary Lineker did when in the same situation some 30 years ago…

Substitutes:

Declan Rice (for Gallagher 61) – 8 – Brought on to give England some control in midfield and of course that’s what he did. When England play the big games, he will 100% be a starter there is no doubt. England were and are a better team with Rice in the midfield.

Tyrick Mitchell (for Shaw 61) – 7 – Looked promising in his 30 minutes on the pitch and put in a good cross for Kane, though the striker’s header was tame. Perhaps wasn’t enough time for him to truly get comfortable into the game as the attacking players took control, but that’s not his fault.

Raheem Sterling (for Walker-Peters 62) – 6 – A decent cameo for Sterling though he took a backseat among the attacking subs.

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Jack Grealish (for Mount 62) – 7 – His usual tricky self and his arrival saw England kick things up a notch in the second half.

Jude Bellingham (for Foden 79) – 6 – A decent cameo.

Ollie Watkins (for Kane 88) – N/A – A late sub.

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