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Coral’s England player ratings for Estonia win

| 13.10.2014

Wayne Rooney’s free-kick proved the difference between England and Estonia, as Roy Hodgson’s men came away from Tallinn with three points.

Who caught the eye for the Three Lions in this stock, hard-fought Euro 2016 qualifying away win in Eastern Europe, though? Here are our player ratings from Coral’s football experts.

Joe Hart (5.5)
Had very little to do. England fans continue to show their sense of humour by voting Hart their man of the match.

Calum Chambers (4.5)
Made naïve mistakes, which better opposition will gratefully punish. Right back seems to be the Three Lions’ problem position and, on this evidence, Nathaniel Clyne can feel aggrieved to have been overlooked.

Phil Jagielka (5.5)
Read the play well, but is a declining force for club and country. Stronger attacks will exploit his lack of pace, and Jagielka probably wouldn’t have featured if Everton teammate John Stones had been fit.

Gary Cahill (6.5)
Continues to throw himself into challenges and blocks. Cahill is the best centre back available to England, and rarely misses a game for club or country.

Leighton Baines (6)
Supplemented attacks with his usual consistency. Corner deliveries perhaps could have been better by his very high dead ball standards, and Baines’ booking was somewhat mystifying.

Jack Wilshere (7)
Coral’s man of the match. Wilshere, operating in an unfamiliar role, dictated things from deep, and remains fearless over the physical side of the game, as evidenced by a yellow card, despite his injury record.

Jordan Henderson (6)
Box-to-box support came as ever from Liverpool’s dynamo, but the odd crack was way off target. Midfield goals and lack thereof are becoming an increasing concern with each passing game for the Three Lions. Booked.

Fabian Delph (6)
Steady display from the fledgling international. Unable to pick the Estonia defensive lock, though, yet linked up well with Baines. Subbed.

Adam Lallana (5)
A missed opportunity for Liverpool summer signing to stake his claim for a starting spot. Like Delph, he struggled to break down the stubborn 10 men. Subbed.

Wayne Rooney (6)
England’s match winner, but missed plenty of chances. Must be more clinical in front of goal if he wants to break Bobby Charlton’s record anytime soon.

Danny Welbeck (6)
Dropped very deep in search of the ball, almost Rooney-esque. Often over-elaborate in attack, and still needs to find consistency for club and country. Subbed.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6.5)
Impressive off the bench. Staked a claim for a starting spot, especially if Hodgson shelves the diamond formation for last internationals of the year.

Raheem Sterling (5.5)
Dropped out of the starting XI because of tiredness, and that fatigue showed in a laboured performance as a substitute.

Rickie Lambert (N/A)
Only came on for 10 minutes. Could lose his squad spot for Slovenia and Scotland games if Saido Berahino’s brilliant form continues.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.