ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Sterling terrorised Poland

ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Raheem Sterling terrorised Poland – who had no answer to his dynamism, while John Stones’ blushes were spared after another defensive error

  • England beat Poland 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Wednesday
  • Raheem Sterling won England an early penalty which was scored by Harry Kane
  • John Stones’ defensive error allowed Poland to equalise through Jakub Moder
  • Harry Maguire’s thunderous strike saw England regain the lead late on and win 

England ended their international break by maintaining their 100 per cent World Cup qualifying campaign record following a narrow 2-1 win against Poland on Wednesday night.

Harry Maguire proved the Three Lions’ hero with a late strike after Poland’s Jakub Moder cancelled out Harry Kane’s first-half penalty.

Sportsmail’s SAMI MOKBEL provides his ratings between the two teams.

ENGLAND (4-3-3)

Nick Pope – 6

Still looks rather uncomfortable with the ball at his feet. Will go to the Euros as Jordan Pickford’s deputy.

England goalkeeper Nick Pope (centre) still looks uncomfortable in possession of the ball

Kyle Walker – 6.5

Could have made better use of the ball but still a strong display down England’s right side.

Harry Maguire – 7

Came up trumps for his team when they were running out of ideas. Big player, big goal.

John Stones – 6

Not for the first time, a mistake cost his team dear but he showed character to set-up England’s winner.

John Stones was at fault for Poland’s equaliser after a poor mistake while in possession

Ben Chilwell – 6.5

An energetic display for from the left back. Saw plenty of the ball down his flank and used it well.

Kalvin Phillips – 6.5

A third successive start for the Leeds midfielder. Appears to be a shoo-in for the Euros squad. Economical in possession.

Declan Rice – 7.5

Arguably England’s first-choice holding central midfielder. Has grown in stature for club and country this season.

Declan Rice (right) was solid again in holding midfield and is now England’s first-choice there

Mason Mount – 7

Was a doubt heading into the game but still caused Poland problems with his poise and probing.

Phil Foden – 6.5

Didn’t see as much as of the ball as he’d have liked but hardly gave away a pass in possession.

Harry Kane – 6.5

Another goal closer to breaking Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record but cut a frustrated figure for much of this.

England captain Harry Kane fired them ahead on 19 minutes from the penalty spot 

Raheem Sterling – 7.5

Terrorised the Poles, who had no answer to the Manchester City star’s dynamism at times.

Subs: James (Foden 86); Calvert-Lewin (Kane 88); Lingard (Sterling 88) 

Subs not used: Henderson, Johnstone, Trippier, Coady, Dier, Mings, Shaw, Watkins, Bellingham.

Manager: Gareth Southgate – 7

His team appeared to be strolling to victory until Stones’ error. The England boss won’t be satisfied with this.

England manager Gareth Southgate will be pleased with the win but frustrated by the display

Poland (3-4-3): Szczesny 6.5; Bednarek 7, Glik 7, Helik 6.5 (Jozwiak 55, 6.5); Bereszynski 6.5, Krychowiak 7, Moder 7, Rybus 6.5 (Reca 86); Swiderski 6 (Milik 46, 6,5 booked), Piatek 6.5 (Augustyniak 77), Zielinski 6 (Grosicki 86). 

Subs not used: Niemczycki, Fabiański, Kowalczyk, Dawidowicz, Kozlowski,, Piacheta, Szymański.

Manager: Sousa – 6.5

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland) – 6 

A relatively straightforward game for the Dutchman to control in England’s last game at Wembley before the Euros.

Man of the Match: Sterling

Raheem Sterling (right) was a constant thorn in the Poland defence with his brilliant dynamism 




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