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England 5-0 Albania: player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s side

01 Dec 2021 | 06:39 | Football

England 5-0 Albania: player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s side

Jordan Pickford The goalkeeper came to England’s rescue in the first half, denying Myrto Uzuni after a dreadful error from Walker. 7

Kyle Walker Watched in horror after his stray back pass sent Uzuni through on goal. Still prone to the odd lapse in concentration. 6

John Stones The elegant defender cruised through the game. Albania were unable to trouble him. He stepped forward and threatened at set pieces. 7

Harry Maguire Responded to his critics by cupping his ears after scoring the opener. There will be bigger tests than Albania, though. 7

Reece James The wing-back swung in the free-kick for Maguire’s goal. An enterprising, positive influence on the right flank in open play. 7

Jordan Henderson Excellent. He burst forward to make Kane’s first goal with a good cross and finished ruthlessly to make it 3-0. 8

Kalvin Phillips Provided balance and control in midfield, allowing others to express themselves. Moved the ball well and combined with Henderson. 7

Ben Chilwell Has been outstanding for Chelsea and looks more comfortable than Luke Shaw at wing-back. He deserves a proper run. 7

Raheem Sterling The winger scared Albania with his speed and made Kane’s second goal with a cute pass. Disappointed not to score. 7

Phil Foden He has to be a regular starter. Produced a delicious pass to spark the move that led to England’s second. 7

Harry Kane The captain was much sharper. He deftly made Henderson’s goal and completed a first-half hat-trick with a superb scissor kick. 9

Substitutes

Jack Grealish The winger went close to scoring following his introduction but he did not have many chances to run at Albania. 6

Tammy Abraham The striker struggled to make an impact after coming on for Kane. The game had slowed down too much. 6

Jude Bellingham Young midfielder skilfully made a chance for James. There were flashes of class that bode well for the future. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold Had a shot blocked after replacing James on the right. 6

Emile Smith Rowe The Arsenal youngster was bright after coming on for his debut. 6

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