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England player ratings: Who was the best overall performer?

| 13.07.2021

England player ratings at Euro 2020

England’s hopes of a first major trophy in 55 years ultimately ended in failure as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Italy in the European Championship final. 

All seemed well when Luke Shaw put the Three Lions in front with the quickest goal in European Championship final history after just two minutes but Italy dominated the second half and extra time before Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma proved to be the hero from 12 yards.

Gareth Southgate’s side are 7/1 third favourites to go one step further by winning next year’s World Cup in Qatar but before then we have assessed the performances of all members of the squad who played at the tournament, giving them marks out of 10 in our England player ratings.

Jordan Pickford (8)

A few shaky moments but kept the most clean sheets in the competition and broke a 55-year England record as he topped 725 minutes without conceding.

Luke Shaw (8)

Luke Shaw, England

Arguably one of the surprises of the tournament, the Manchester United left-back defied high-profile critic Jose Mourinho to be a star of Southgate’s side. Laid on three assists and broke the deadlock against Italy in an exceptional first half.

Kyle Walker (8)

A fine tournament for one of England’s older heads and added value to the team at both ends of the pitch.

Reece James (6)

Champions League-winning right-back started the 0-0 draw with Scotland but had no other opportunities.

John Stones (8)

While there was plenty of praise for Maguire, the Manchester City defender had a quietly brilliant tournament and did not put a foot wrong throughout.

Harry Maguire (8)

Picked by Southgate despite being injured, he was fit for the final group game and was a colossus from that point. Also netted a quarter-final goal against Ukraine.

Kieran Trippier (6)

Kieran Trippier, Emerson Palmieri, England, Italy

A surprise starter at left-back in the opening win over Croatia but a bit-part player from then on.

Tyrone Mings (7)

An able deputy in the first two games as Maguire fought back to fitness and often mentioned by Southgate as an integral part of the squad behind the scenes.

Declan Rice (8)

The West Ham man wore his heart on his sleeve and was also a driving force in the middle of the park. Alongside Phillips, they were rarely bested by their opposite numbers.

Kalvin Phillips (9)

Kalvin Phillips, England

The midfielder only made his Premier League and international debuts last year but his performances during the tournament belied his lack of experience at the highest level as he formed a fine understanding with Rice. Was one of the top performers in our England player ratings.

Jordan Henderson (6)

The Liverpool captain had not played since February before joining up with the squad and it restricted him to a smaller role – but he played it to perfection, including grabbing his first England goal in the Ukraine win.

Jude Bellingham (7)

Turned 18 during the competition and, while his minutes were limited, he clearly had the trust of Southgate and is only likely to be better off for the experience.

Phil Foden (6)

Was tipped to be a star of the tournament but slipped out of the side having started the first two games and never really got going. Unlucky to hit the post against Croatia.

Jack Grealish (7)

Very much the people’s player, Grealish’s name was bellowed around Wembley when he would warm up on the touchline but Southgate’s preference for pace meant he would not get a starting berth.

Mason Mount (6)

Like Ben Chilwell, the Chelsea man spent time in self-isolation during the tournament but proved his worth to Southgate by coming straight back into the side when available and always looked at home in the England set-up.

Harry Kane (8)

Harry Kane England
Was under pressure having failed to score in the group stages but came to life after that, hitting one against Germany, a brace in Rome to see off Ukraine and tucking away the semi-final winner against Denmark.

Raheem Sterling (9)

Quite simply the player of the summer for England and – quite possibly – the whole tournament despite Donnarumma winning it officially. Bagged the winning goal in both group games and started the scoring against Germany while also being a thorn in the side of opponents throughout.

Bukayo Saka (8)

The 19-year-old had a slow-burning tournament, not making an appearance until a star turn against the Czech Republic. Sat out the Ukraine win with a slight knock but was recalled immediately for the semi-final. Missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out but his performances hinted at a long-standing future with England.

Marcus Rashford (5)

Looked to have tired towards the end of his club season, the Manchester United forward did not start a game for Southgate’s side. Brought on for penalties in the final but hit the post after a stuttering run-up.

Jadon Sancho (5)

On the cusp of a big-money move to Manchester United but had to wait until the quarter-final win over Ukraine to get a start and then he was replaced by Saka for the semi-final having failed to usurp his team-mate. Also missed a penalty in the shoot-out but it says a lot that he was picked for such a big moment.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (5)

Always the back-up to captain Kane but the Everton man was also behind Rashford when it came to playing the central striker’s role and was often one of the three men to miss out on the matchday squad.

Gareth Southgate (9)

Led England to a surprise semi-final place at the 2018 World Cup but established himself as a national treasure this summer, even if his tactics in the earlier stages were widely questioned.

The 50-year-old spoke eloquently and gave a young group of players the platform to deliver for their country.

Could have been more positive in the second half in the final and put undue pressure on his young penalty takers having brought them on late but otherwise a great tournament.

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Stuart Walker