Nations League: England player ratings vs Croatia

England progressed to the semi-final stage of the inaugural edition of the Nations League after they secured a 2-1 comeback triumph Croatia in their home patch. The Three Lions found themselves 1-0 down before the hour mark of the encounter but they managed to make a sensational comeback in the final 15 minutes with Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane finding the scoresheet.

Player Ratings:

Jordan Pickford: The Everton ace made a rather odd decision to chest a Fabian Delph backpass but other than that was solid between the sticks. He was rather unlucky with Andrej Kramaric’s opener – 6/10

Kyle Walker: Since Walker has returned to the right side of the defence, he has been offered the license to romp forward and he was enterprising with those qualities. He could, however, have done better in closing down Kramaric – 6/10

Joe Gomez: The Liverpool defender was composed at the heart of the defence. His long throw-in towards the end of the game contributed to England’s equalising goal scored by Lingard – 7/10

John Stones: Stones likewise played his part in Lingard’s leveller. But he was disappointing with the defensive side of his game after being tricked by Kramaric before the opening strike – 5.5/10

Ben Chilwell: He was exposed when Croatia scored while his set-pieces were similarly disappointing until the free-kick which saw Harry Kane find the match-winner from close-range – 6.5/10

Eric Dier: Dier managed to curb some of the threat offered from Luka Modric and was unlucky after Kramaric’s shot deflected off him. Still made one late error which could have proved costly – 6/10

Fabian Delph: A rather surprise selection for the starting lineup, Delph was impressive during the first period without much in terms of by-product. His second-half contribution was not of the same scale – 6/10

Ross Barkley: Another average performance from the Chelsea ace, who has yet to replicate his club form at the international stage. He was booked early on for his reaction towards a Modric foul and provided limited threat before being benched at the hour mark – 5/10

Raheem Sterling: The attacker was once more a threat with his pace upfront but he was far from impressive with the finishing attribute throughout the entire 90 minutes. He may need to work on this aspect – 6/10

Harry Kane: The skipper was pretty much anonymous during the opening half but he stepped up his game towards the end by contributing towards the leveller before an instinctive finish for the winning strike Р8/10

Marcus Rashford: Similarly to Sterling, Rashford offered the pace outwide. He launched one brilliant counter attack from his own half but the effort went to no avail after poor finish from Sterling – 6/10


Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho

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