The ADL Index – World Cup 2010 England player ratings – England 1-1 United States

Robert Green’s error from Clint Dempsey’s rolling shot cost England all three points as their campaign got off to a disappointing start. Steven Gerrard charged through to meet Emile Heskey’s flick on four minutes to slip the ball past Tim Howard, sending the Royal Bafokeng Stadium into pandemonium. United States almost struck back 10 minutes later, as Jose Altidore headed wide from inside the six yard box. England attempted to push on for a second with Glen Johnson making runs from deep, however the positive start was to be bought by an abrupt end late into the first-half. Dempsey tried his luck from range only to send the ball skidding into the path of Green. Preparing himself for the shot, the ball managed to find its way past his right glove into the net. As England pushed on for a winner in the second-half, they were constantly caught being short at the back- Altidore forced a superb save out of Green who tried to redeem himself for the early error. Heskey and Wayne Rooney linked well towards the end, and both had decent chances to steal the win but to no avail, as England were forced to settle for a point.

Starting line-up

         
         
   

Substitutions
29:Shaun Wright-Phillips on for James Milner
45:Jamie Carragher on for Ledley King
79: Crouch on for Heskey

12 Robert Green
Position: Goalkeeper
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 6/10
Mistake to spill Dempsey’s shot into the net tainted his whole game, barring a save that kept England in it. Tried to make up for the early error by travelling way out of his area for loose balls – which is not what the fans wanted from their ‘solid’ keeper. By denying Jose Altidore he made his performance at least acceptable, but the conceded goal is bound to go down into some kind of history.

2 Glen Johnson
Position: Right-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 45/45
Rating (game/tournament average): 8/10
Although criticized for his tendency to push forward a little too much, it seemed like it worked as the threat of Landon Donavan dimmed. Charged forward straight after Green’s spill to spur on the team, and really troubled the left-back Carlos Bocanegra who was unsure as to who to mark. Lennon’s crossing duties were taken over by the Liverpool man around 10 minutes into the second-half as England looked to grab the winner, but his efforts would ultimately count for nothing. Perhaps should have given Carragher more help as Altidore was put through, but for what he gave up front there was no one complaining.

20 Ledley King
Position: Centre-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 45/45
Rating (game/tournament average): 6/10
Continued to get caught up with the scramble at corners as well as appearing to react slow to Landon Donavan’s inside movements. Came off almost subtly at half-time for Carragher amidst rumours of a possible injury. General presence kept the United States strike force at bay in the box, but swift exit will not help towards forming a partnership with John Terry.

6 John Terry
Position: Centre-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 7/10
Making exception to the occasional clearance of a pass, he had a quiet afternoon by his own standards. Could do with organizing the defence better at set-pieces, and in general preparing the back-line for incoming crosses as Altidore headed wide from short range. Nothing serious to report on as his side lacked up-front more than anything, but needs to keep an eye out on the paths of his full-backs.

3 Ashley Cole
Position: Left-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 7.5/10
Did not have the same effect as Johnson coming forward, but passing was spot on throughout. Maybe even did his job better than his fellow full-back, as very little attacking play developed from the left for the opposition. Played his part in another fairly untroubled area of the field.

7 Aaron Lennon
Position: Right-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 6.5/10
Final ball still not up to scratch and it is becoming a serious problem. Clearly possesses the most pace on the field, but that counts (and counted) for nothing if he cannot hit the spots. Capello’s preference to play a target-man cannot truly be operated without a decent cross, so he may want to explore other options.

4 Steven Gerrard
Position: Centre-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 8/10
A captain leading by example, and you could really tell how much that goal meant to him. Travelled from box to box all game as we expected, and backed up any midfielder who looked to be in trouble. Was the first to comfort Green following his mistake, and the last to leave the pitch staring into space. Really put his heart into the game, just a shame he came away disappointed.

8 Frank Lampard
Position: Centre-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 7/6
Linked the play well by supplying Wright-Phillips and Lennon with passes, as well as putting pressure on any runs out of the box from the United States defence. Definitely not Beckham’s replacement for free-kicks as his efforts soared over the bar. Corner deliveries also seemed to be a tad below-par, which was disappointing considering the amount of presence in the box. Passed well, but really seems to be struggling with the new ball as his attempts went way off target.

16 James Milner
Position: Left-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 29/90
Rating (game/tournament average): 5/6
Not the greatest start to a World Cup career, by any stretch. Following much talk about the inclusion of Joe Cole it was the first of the two surprise selections by Capello. Very much playing in the Rooney mould by coming out aggressive, a rash challenge on Cherundolo inside 10 minutes should have probably warranted a yellow before he picked one up soon after. Was taken off on 29 minutes to avoid further caution without making any real contribution. Not what the fans wanted to see.

21 Emile Heskey
Position: Forward
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 45/45
Rating (game/tournament average): 7.5/6
Gutsy decision to start him ahead of Crouch, and duly rewarded Capello only three minutes in with his flick to Gerrard f

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