England player ratings vs Wales: Marcus Rashford shines while Phil Foden highlights his importance

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England player ratings vs Wales: Marcus Rashford shines while Phil Foden highlights his importance

England booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Wales in Doha on Tuesday night.

Gareth Southgate’s side struggled to break down their opponents in the first half, with the match goalless at the half-time interval.

But two quick-fire goals shortly after the break from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden settled any English nerves.

Rashford then grabbed his second later in the half to put the game beyond Wales.

Victory for England saw them top their World Cup group, with United States finishing second after a 1-0 win over Iran.

England will face Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal in their last 16 tie on Sunday, with the USA taking on the Netherlands on Saturday.

Here we rate England’s players on a positive night for the Three Lions.

England player ratings vs Wales: Marcus Rashford shines while Phil Foden highlights his importance
England player ratings vs Wales: Marcus Rashford shines while Phil Foden highlights his importance

England player ratings vs Wales

Pickford – 6

Had very little to do but made a good save from a deflected Kieffer Moore shot when called upon in the second half. Tougher tests to come for the Everton goalkeeper.

Shaw – 6

An improved performance from Shaw, who looked tired against the United States. Had an easy night defensively, which allowed him to push forwards but was ocassionally sloppy in possession.

Maguire – 7

A wayward shot in the first half might have been Maguire’s most noticeable moment but he impressed again defensively. Made several crucial interceptions and used the ball much better than he did against the United States.

Stones – 7

Another solid performance from the Manchester City man, who continues to impress alongside Maguire. Cut out the pointless sideways passes and did everything that was asked of him defensively. Would have been scored an 8 but somehow hit the bar late on when it looked easier to score.

Walker – 6

Performed well after coming back into the starting line-up but could have provided a better threat going forward in the first half.

Rice – 7

Another solid performance from the West Ham man, who kept the ball moving in midfield. His importance to the team was highlighted by the fact he was taken off by Southgate after an hour to protect him for the Senegal match.

Bellingham – 7

Another energetic performance from Bellingham, who was unlucky not to score in the second half. Kept on running for the full 90 minutes.

Henderson – 7

Struggled to make a major impact in the first half and was guilty of wasting possession once or twice. But grew into the match after half-time, with his pressing higher up the pitch crucial for England. Took the captain’s armband once Kane had gone off.

Foden – 8

Like many England players, started the match slowly but grew into it. Provided a constant threat in the second half and grabbed a deserved goal with a close-range finish. He must start for England against Senegal.

Rashford – 9

England’s stand-out player on the night. Scored a brilliant free-kick to break the deadlock before winning possession in the build-up to England’s second. Grabbed his second with around 20 minutes to go and might have got a hat-trick, had he not been substituted.

Kane – 7

Another game without a goal for the England captain. Not his best night but he did manage to set up Foden with a brilliant assist.


Wilson – 6

A capable replacement for Kane, he was involved in several ‘nearly’ moments after coming on. Will be disappointed a major chance didn’t fall his way agains a tired Wales defence.

Alexander-Arnold – 6

Had very little to do defensively when he came on, with England already leading 2-0. Unspectacular going forward but nevertheless a solid performance, exactly what he needed.

Phillips – 6

A big positive for England was the return of Phillips after a lengthy injury lay-off. Like the other second-half substitutes, he struggled to make a major impact on the game but looked solid.

Trippier – 6

Dropped to the bench after failing to impress against the United States. Did all that was asked of him after replacing Shaw at left-back in the second half.

Grealish – 6

Was given 15 minutes at the end of the game but failed to make a major impact. Had a half-chance late on but his shot was blocked.

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