England vs. Denmark: Live Player Ratings

Dan Sheridan@@dansheridanContributor IMarch 5, 2014

England boss Roy Hodgson
England boss Roy HodgsonAlastair Grant/Associated Press

With just 99 days to go until the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil, England began their countdown with 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley.

Question marks surround a number of positions ahead of the finals, but boss Roy Hodgson used the fixture to experiment before naming his provisional squad in May.

Though they failed to qualify themselves, Denmark provided useful opposition for the Three Lions. And following Daniel Sturridge's late winner, we rate England’s players after 45 minutes and at full-time.

Joe Hart67
Glen Johnson87
Chris Smalling67
Gary Cahill78
Ashley Cole8N/A
Jack Wilshere5N/A
Steven Gerrard77
Jordan Henderson56
Raheem Sterling89
Daniel Sturridge78
Wayne Rooney5N/A
Luke ShawN/A7
Adam LallanaN/A9
Danny WelbeckN/A7
Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainN/A6
Andros TownsendN/A6
James MilnerN/A6


First-Half Analysis

Joe Hart: Not much to do for the Manchester City stopper, who enjoyed a relatively quiet half

Glen Johnson: Got forward well on his 50th England cap and linked the play well

Chris Smalling: A comfortable enough performance, save for a couple of late scares that saw him leave one or two gaps

Gary Cahill: A dependable shift from the Chelsea man

Ashley Cole: Much like Jonhson on the other flank, Cole got forward to good effect and almost notched a deserved assist 

Jack Wilshere: After an early injury scare, Wilshere struggled to get a grip on the half

Steven Gerrard: Some typically strong runs threatened to undo Denmark, and his set-pieces looked dangerous  

Jordan Henderson: Nothing to write home about from the Liverpool man

Raheem Sterling: Looked lively and was desperately unlucky not to score just before half-time

Daniel Sturridge: Got better as the half wore on and should have given England the lead in first-half stoppage time

Wayne Rooney: Not the most memorable 45-minutes from Rooney, whose shooting was erratic at best


Second-Half Analysis

Joe Hart: A quiet game all round for Hart, who marshaled his defence well

Glen Johnson: A slightly more cautious half from Johnson, but still just as effective

Chris Smalling: Seemed to get stronger as the game wore on

Gary Cahill: Much like the opening 45-minutes, the centre-half never really looked troubled

Luke Shaw: Impressed on his debut after coming on for Ashley Cole, and did not look out of place

Adam Lallana: Gave England some real zip after coming off the bench, and provided a stunning cross for the winner

Steven Gerrard: Retained some of the threat that was on show before the break, but dug in when he had to

Jordan Henderson: Not the best game for the Liverpool man, who was replaced with 13 minutes remaining 

Raheem Sterling: Always a threat in wide areas and was correctly named man-of-the-match

Daniel Sturridge: Deserved his late goal after testing the Danish back four all evening

Danny Welbeck: Almost made an immediate impact following his introduction, but faded late on


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