Abu Musa's Chilled Blog

Monday, July 03, 2006

England Squad Ratings

With the world cup now over for England, here’s my personal view of the squad.

Paul Robinson:

He showed he was erratic and flapped at way too many crosses during the tournament. He doesn’t command his area well enough and does not instil confidence in the defence. Still better than David James, but that’s not saying much is it?

Rating: 5

Gary Neville

With Carragher at right back it was clear that England desperately needed Neville to return. The only decent English right back around. However, when Ronaldo ran at him, Neville’s panic was clear to see. Neville is past his best and England need to find a replacement.

Rating: 6

Ashley Cole

After a season of injury he started very slowly, he’s still not back to his best, which would be the best left back in the world, but he gradually improved:

Rating: 7

Steven Gerrard

Now considering I believe him to be the best central midfield player in the world, he was poor in the world cup. This was mainly because Ericsson is useless as a manager but he also hid a little when it mattered. Better performances needed from him.

Rating: 6

Rio Ferdinand

Hardly put a foot wrong in this tournament, he was commanding and quick, one of the few pluses of the tournament.

Rating: 8

John Terry

For some reason he is prone to more errors for England than Chelsea, but he finally came to his own in the game against Portugal, an absolute warrior of a player.

Rating: 7

David Beckham

People cite his free kick and set pieces which led to goals as evidence of his success, aside from those his set pieces were awful, his delivery and passing was poor. He had an awful tournament.

Rating: 5

Frank Lampard

Massively over-rated player and he showed this during the tournament, repeatedly game the ball away against Portugal and other teams. His shooting was poor and he brought nothing to the team whatsoever.

Rating: 4

9: Wayne Rooney

Clearly not fully fit, and clearly not a full shilling in the head sometimes. A fully fit Rooney played by a half decent manager would have taken the world cup by storm.

Rating: 6

Joe Cole

I really thought this was his time to shine, and in bursts he demonstrated he was one of the most skilful players in the tournament. He drifted in and out of matches a bit too much however.

Rating: 7

16. Owen Hargreaves

Maligned before the tournament, he kicked everyone in the teeth that slated him. Absolute class, best player on the field against Portugal. He should definitely replace Lampard in a 4-4-2 formation.

Rating: 9

19. Aaron Lennon

Impressed when he came on, looks one for the future.

Rating: 7

21. Peter Crouch

One of England’s pluses from the tournament, he has a deft touch and has been superb at holding the ball up. Surely he’s played himself into being a regular.

Rating: 8


 
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