England vs France: Three Lions Player Ratings
17th November 2015

England defeated France 2-0 at Wembely on a night which the two nations and the game of football came together in solidarity following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

It was an emotional night in London as the visitors showed amazing character and mentality to take to the pitch just four days after the tragic events.

The Three Lions came out on top against an understandably subdued Les Bleus for the first time since 1997 and showed some encouraging signs ahead of next summer’s Euros in France.

Here’s how we rated each of Hodgson’s men’s performances……..

Joe Hart – 6

The Manchester City stopper had nothing really to do before being replaced by Jack Butland at half time.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7

Showed great energy and supported attacks well. Still question marks over his defensive positioning at times though.

John Stones – 7

Looked comfortable on the ball and tried bringing it out from the back. Got caught on one occasion but showed real class and courage.

03 September 2014 - International Friendly - England v Norway - John Stones of England - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Stones impressed at cemtre-back

Gary Cahill – 6

Was as solid as he usually is for England without really standing out.

Kieran Gibbs – 7

A decent performance from the left-back. Just needs to fight his way back into the Arsenal team now.

Dele Alli – 9

Shoot’s Star Man. Showed fantastic energy and maturity in his first England start. Scored a brilliant goal and showed he has a bit of everything to his game.

9 October 2015 - UEFA European Qualifying (Group E) - England v Estonia - Dele Alli of England - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Alli scored one and put in a man of the match display

Eric Dier – 7

Made a number of blocks and interceptions which would have went unnoticed. His positioning was a massive help to the back-four.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Again showed great pace and trickery but sometimes used it in the wrong areas. Was wasteful in the opening period before getting it right with his cross to set up the second goal.

Ross Barkley – 7

Didn’t do anything really outstanding but kept things ticking over in the middle of the park and always gave the French something to be worried about with his positioning.

09 October 2015 International Football ; England v Estonia;  Ross Barkley. Photo: Mark Leech

Barkley kept the ball moving in midfield

Wayne Rooney – 8

Lost the ball a couple of times early on but redeemed himself with what was at times a very classy performance. Picked out some wonderful passes, popped up in a number of dangerous positions and scored his 51st international goal.

Harry Kane – 8

Didn’t score again but certainly deserved a goal for his all round performance as the lone striker. Held the ball up superbly well and fed a number of brilliant passes into his team-mates and saw a long-range shot whistle just wide.


Jack Butland (on 45′) – 7

Didn’t have a lot to do but was sharp to stop Anthony Martial pulling a goal back, reacting quickly to deny the Manchester United star from close range.

17 November 2015 - International Friendly  - England v France - Jack Butland of England celebrates - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Butland did well to save from Martial

Adam Lallana (on 68′) – 6

Showed a desire to try to make things happen in the final third but didn’t really make a telling contribution.

Jonjo Shelvey (on 79′) – too late to mark

Ryan Bertrand (on 80′) – too late to mark

Phil Jones (on 88′) – too late to mark

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