The ADL Index – World Cup 2010 England player ratings – Japan 1-2 England

Two late second-half own-goals saved England’s blushes against an energetic looking Japan side in Austria. Brazilian-born Marcus Tulio Tanaka opened the scoring after just seven minutes from a left sided corner, losing Glen Johnson before firing in a well executed right-footed finish. Forwards Darren Bent and Wayne Rooney both appeared to be frustrated with the lack of service as passes from midfield continued to miss their targets.

After making five changes England came out much brighter in the second-half and should have leveled after 10 minutes of the restart, Frank Lampard’s penalty was well saved by Eiji Kawashima. They eventually got their equalizer on 71 minutes, as attacking midfielder Joe Cole’s cross finding goalscorer Tanaka who turned the ball into his own net. With England pushing, there was just enough time for Ashley Cole to steal the headlines with seven minutes left, his cross skidding off the surface and meeting defender Yuji Nakazawa at the near post. Another win, but only just.

Starting line-up

         
         
   

Substitutions
45:Hart on for James
Carragher on for Johnson
Gerrard on for Huddlestone
Wright-Phillips on for Walcott
Joe Cole on for Bent
75: Heskey on for Lennon

1 David James
Position: Goalkeeper
Minutes played: 45/90
Rating 6/10
With Fabio Capello refusing to name his No.1, David James’ start was more or less expected. However, not making a save throughout a fairly dismal half will not stake any claims for a look in. Chances won’t have been harmed or benefited on this showing, so now the Portsmouth man can only play the waiting game.

2 Glen Johnson
Position: Right-back
Minutes played: 45/90
Rating: 6/10
Yet another slow start and in general, shaky performance. At a push could even have taken the blame for the first goal. Should never have been assigned to mark Tanaka in the first place but failed to track his run which ended with the goal. Mistakes aside there is a strong case of him not being suited to the system. Playing behind David Beckham there was more room to overlap and run at the left-back from deep. Behind flying wingers Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott, his responsibilities lie mainly with playing through balls, which has never been a strength. Putting this into context, Jamie Carragher should be thinking twice about a tournament on the bench, but that would be a huge move.

5 Rio Ferdinand
Position: Centre-back
Minutes: 90/90
Rating: 6.5/10
Good in the air but continued to react late to runs made by the Japan attack. Amongst the many players that should have been assigned to mark Tanaka instead of Johnson, but can only partially to blame. As captain, has to take more of a commanding role in organising the back four. Players continued to subconsciously drift into the middle and congested the box leaving gaps available on either flank. As an individual, had a good game overall.

6 John Terry
Position: Centre-back
Minutes played: 90/90
Rating: 7/10
With Ledley King sitting out after playing 90 minutes against Mexico, any ideas about Capello changing his centre-back pairing have been put to rest. That in mind, a solid performance wasn’t exactly necessary, but we got one anyway. Any mistakes by Johnson and Ferdinand thankfully did not rub off on the former captain who dealt with everything coming his way. Slightly less vocal than usual, which could be a result of losing the armband.

3 Ashley Cole
Position: Left-back
Minutes: 90/90
Rating: 7/10
Like Leighton Baines last time out, had little to do with most of the action happening on the opposite side. Could very well be in a similar situation with Johnson. Aaron Lennon’s lack of ball to feet somewhat nullified Cole’s threat, similarly with Shaun Wright-Phillips in the second period. Grabbed the headlines with a searching cross, but Nakazawa was unlucky to find the net with his touch. On the plus side he looks to have shaken off the injury, and could well be saving his best performances for when it matters.

7 Theo Walcott
Position: Right-midfield
Minutes played: 45/90
Rating: 6.5/10
Made a few convincing runs, but as passes continued to stay on the ground, was snuffed out easily by Junichi Inamoto. Still very much lacking a final ball, which is becoming increasingly worrying. Has been under the watchful eye of Beckham for the last week with a view on improving it, but has shown little evidence of this happening. Came off at half-time to give Wright-Phillips a chance to impress, and we’re none the wiser as to his whether he’ll grab a spot for the finals.

4 Tom Huddlestone
Position: Centre-midfield
Minutes played: 45/90
Rating: 5.5/10
With Capello set to take a gamble on the fitness of Gareth Barry, it seems Huddlestone’s fate has all but been decided. The midfield on the whole looked fairly sluggish in the first-half before being given a boost with the changes, one of which was taking Huddlestone off. Usual pinpoint passing was well off as Bent and Rooney became increasingly frustrated. Operated from deep so there was little room for a trademark drive. When he tried his luck it went off target and ended up turning into a cross. Not completely out of the frame with Michael Carrick failing to impress, but unless Barry is ruled out completely he will be watching the tournament at home.

8 Frank Lampard
Position: Centre-midfield
Minutes played: 90/90
Rating: 6.5/10
As the penalty jokes continue leading up to the World Cup, he really could have done with burying his spot-kick. Surprisingly didn’t have the best of games – in fact, passes were missed in the first-half and there was no evidence of a defensive effort at all. Was given the boost of playing behind the familiar sight of Joe Cole in the second-half, but overall underperformed. Fans were expecting better, much better.

11 Aaron Lennon
Position: Left-midfield
Minutes played: 75/90
Rating: 7/10
Along with Ashley Cole, really struggled to get into the game. However, potential cannot be ignored. Not many players on the international scene can lose a ball on the halfway line and have it back three meter’s later. Really should have scored on 19 minutes after being played in by Rooney – his left-footed shot hit straight at the keeper Kawashima. Along with Inamoto, right-back Yuji Nakazawa had a good game which has to be noted. Livened up with Gerrard on the pitch and can evidently last longer than Walcott which could see him into the starting line-up. Was not really his type of game with the passing sloppy and the play staying tight, but did what he could.

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