The ADL Index – World Cup player ratings – Germany 4-1 England

England were dumped out of the World Cup by arch-rivals Germany in a game marred by controversy and lacklustre defending. Miroslav Klose grabbed the first goal of the night – barging past lone defender Matthew Upson to run onto keeper Manuel Neuer’s goal-kick and slotting past David James. Germany then took advantage of more woeful defending – passing the ball around the few left at the back before playing in Lukas Podolski for their second on 32 minutes. Despite the setbacks England began to control possession, and were rewarded with Matthew Upson’s header soon after from a Steven Gerrard cross. The main talking point of the match came minutes later after Frank Lampard’s chipped volley hit the bar – beating keeper Neuer but was ruled not to have crossed the line, only for the referee to be proven wrong by two feet on video replays. Coming out of the second-half England pushed on and almost levelled with Lampard again, who struck the upright for a second time from a free-kick. Needing attacking influence, Joe Cole was put on for James Milner in the hopes of finding the equalizer, only to be dealt with a hammer blow soon after. Pushing up to try and score, England were countered twice by the Germans, with Thomas Muller adding the third and fourth within three minutes of each other, leaving a nations hopes in tatters.

Starting line-up


         
         
   

Substitutions
63: Joe Cole on for James Milner
71: Emile Heskey on for Jermaine Defoe
87: Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Glen Johnson

1 David James
Position: Goalkeeper
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/270
Rating (game/tournament average): 5/6
If anyone was thinking that he would get a rest from the lacklustre defence back at Portsmouth, they should think again. Was under fire right from the start – making a great save that went more and more unnoticed as the game unfolded. Will wake up with a sore throat as he constantly ranted at Upson and Terry for wandering, leaving Germany to capitalize. Should have maybe saved the 4th goal at a push, but the same could not be said for the rest. The only mere consolation was that it was the more experienced James will deal with the hammering and the backlash that has and will surely be served to the back-line. Bowed out of the international scene with the worst exit possible.

2 Glen Johnson
Position: Right-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 87/357
Rating (game/tournament average): 5/6
Looked terribly sluggish, and a shadow of the player we knew in the qualifiers. Got away with pushing up against the United States, then Algeria, then (just) against Slovenia. Against a better team he was sure to get found out, and was. With the threat mainly down Germany’s right with Mesut Ozil, Johnson was given the task of marking Lukas Podolski – a player coming off a poor season with FC Koln. Sure enough Podolski’s second gave England an almighty blow that they ultimately could not recover from. Lacked pace, decision making was poor at best, and was one of the four that will be making the headlines tomorrow.

15 Matthew Upson
Position: Centre-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/180
Rating (game/tournament average): 5/6.5
He will take a goal against Germany out of this tournament, but three times as much baggage following a clueless display. In fairness his partner at centre-back could have helped him out a bit more at times, and as a result the goal that got the Germans on the way looked terrible on the West Ham man. Was decent in the air, but the little things count for nothing when you are in the opposite box when the fourth goal goes into the net. Played in a shaky looking Hammers back-line last year, and looked every bit a part of that today.

6 John Terry
Position: Centre-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/360
Rating (game/tournament average): 4/5.5
Arguably England’s worst player. Not because of lack of heart, or even tiredness. To a stranger he just did not look to have the ability to play at the level. Was the only one of the players who could be blamed directly for all four goals, purely down to him not even being on the scene when they went in. Blasted out the national anthem at the start, but went out with a whimper.

3 Ashley Cole
Position: Left-back
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/360
Rating (game/tournament average): 6/6.5
Another player possibly knocked by injury and fatigue. However Ozil was probably the best player on the day which speaks volumes. Crunched in tackles at 2-0 down, put himself about wherever he was, but ultimately the problems were elsewhere. Could not push up for most of the game because of Germany pushing on which got him in a huge Catch 22 situation. Was one of around three players for England that did not look completely out of place and at least looked like he cared.

16 James Milner
Position: Right-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 63/182
Rating (game/tournament average): 5/6
Crossing was not bad when he got to the line, but everything else more or less was. Whether he possesses the pace required to shine at international level remains to be seen, but there was clearly no chance of him getting a spot in the centre. Pottering on he tried to take on Jerome Boateng down the right, but could not match the defenders physical presence on the day. Could have maybe done with Aaron Lennon playing in the given situation to win a few free-kicks and give the team a spark – but that is only a minor talking point. Came off for Joe Cole around the time Germany stepped on the pedal.

14 Gareth Barry
Position: Centre-midfield
Minutes played (game/tournament total): 90/263
Rating (game/tournament average): 6/6.5
Another half-decent display that counts for nothing in the bigger picture of things. Before the first went in he was the main dictator of England’s possession,

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