How England’s players rated against Costa Rica

England ratings:

Jack Butland: Reacted smartly to Costa Rica’s solitary first-half attempt – a snap shot from Johan Venegas – but might have preferred a busier night to make his case against Jordan Pickford. 6 (out of 10)

Phil Jones: A steady 90 minutes for the Manchester United man but not one that is likely to shove him up the pecking order. Sturdy in the challenge but his long passes lacked precision. 6

John Stones: The only member of the squad to start both friendlies, Stones kept a lid on his more extravagant ball-playing tendencies and kept things relatively simple before making way. 6

Harry Maguire: Made a nuisance of himself when attacking corners, with one headed effort cleared off the line, and put himself about at the back. Showed signs of being unnerved by pace. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Continued his remarkable rise with a full England debut at right wing-back. Showed no nerves but misplaced a couple of passes and did not twist Gareth Southgate’s arm. 6

Danny Rose: A day after opening up on his depression, the one-time Leeds youngster enjoyed a night of free roaming on the left flank. Looks in good condition and is pushing Ashley Young hard for the shirt in Russia. 7

Jordan Henderson: Back after a post-Champions League break and captain in Harry Kane’s stead. The Liverpool man held his anchor role with discipline, communicated well and drew a sharp save in the second half. 7

Fabian Delph: A quietly accomplished outing in the central midfield position he cannot get his hands on at Manchester City. Linked well, covered lots of distance and provided decent ammunition from corners. 7

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: To the manor born in the first half, driving up the pitch when he found space and showing a neat range of touches in the final third. Influence waned as the game ticked by but he looks ready for the big stage. 8

Marcus Rashford: Gave his manager a hefty selection nudge with the blockbuster effort from 25 yards. Dribbled with the kind of freedom and confidence few possess and came away with his prospects enhanced despite a quieter second half. 8

Jamie Vardy: Paused ever so slightly when the ball landed for him in the six-yard box from a corner and lost his chance. A few signs of his blistering pace when pressing but his chances of dislodging Kane are close to nil. 6


Danny Welbeck (for Vardy): Faces an uphill battle as the only outfield player not to start either of the last two games but grabbed his 16th international goal – the most in the squad – with a sharp diving header. 7

Nick Pope (for Butland): Given a pre-tournament debut from the bench, the Burnley man had the chance to make on simple near-post save to settle any residual nerves. 6

Dele Alli (for Henderson): Bagged an assist by finding Welbeck with a cleverly-executed cross. England want more of that kind of productivity from him. 7

Kieran Trippier (for Alexander-Arnold): Zipped around on the right and was quick to show off his impressive crossing skills. 6

Gary Cahill (for Stones): Given the captain’s armband and a chance in the centre of the back three. Held his own position as Costa Rica belatedly asked some questions in the last 10 minutes.

Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek): The final addition, he added his usual energy in a brief outing. 6

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