MATCH rates how the England players performed against Austria!
JORDAN PICKFORD – 7
Pickford was barely tested by the Austrian attack, but showed great distribution and came out confidently to punch a clearance away in the first half. His fingertip save from Marcel Sabitzer in the second half showed great reach, but he almost undid all the good work with a flimsy punch in stoppage time!
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – 6.5
TAA got into some promising positions and had a shot tipped over the bar from a sizzling first-half strike! He still showed some signs of defensive weakness, including not getting out quick enough to stop crosses. Picked up a worrying injury towards the end of the game!
CONOR COADY – 7
Some people suggested he might struggle, but Coady was commanding in the air, confident with the ball at his feet and vocal from the back! He proved he can comfortably play in a defensive pairing and could step up to replace the injured Harry Maguire if needed!
TYRONE MINGS – 7
Just like his partner-in-crime Coady, Mings looked comfortable in this defensive pairing and offered great balance on the left side of the defence! He commanded aerial duels and again justified his inclusion in the final squad based on this performance. He did make a risky challenge in the penalty area, which might have been pulled up by VAR…
KIERAN TRIPPER – 6.5
We weren’t sure when Tripps was named at left-back again, but he didn’t look out of place! He played some super smart forward balls and held his position well – obviously playing with the confidence of a La Liga champion!
DECLAN RICE – 6
Loads of sideways and backwards passing, but Rice provided a solid base in front of the defence to allow Bellingham more freedom. He didn’t have too much dirty work to do in all reality, so it was an underwhelming performance from the highly-rated DM!
JUDE BELLINGHAM – 6.5
The 17-year-old midfielder didn’t look like a player featuring in his first senior start, which is a tribute to how much of a baller Bellingham is. Unlike Rice, he looked to play forward most of the time and had a header saved in the first half to rob him of a dream debut goal!
JESSE LINGARD – 6
The ball just wouldn’t stick in the opening 15 minutes and, although he very slowly grew into the first half, he looked way off the ‘Lingardinho’ levels we saw during his loan spell at West Ham! He did show a touch of class with the assist for Saka’s goal.
JACK GREALISH – 7
Grealish was fouled time and time again due to his desire to get on the ball and his quick feet! He opened up the Austrian defence with a splitting ball to Harry Kane in the first half, although the striker was just offside. He played an important role in the build-up to Saka’s goal too!
BUKAYO SAKA – 7
The 19-year-old, playing as a left winger, looked lively, went on some driving runs and was really happy to press, but snatched at a volley midway through the first half! He made up for it in the second half by scoring his first-ever England goal from a tight angle!
HARRY KANE – 6.5
He showed the presence and confidence of a in-form striker! A sweeping cross-field pass from deep opened up the Austria defence to help create the best chance of the first half, while he was also involved in the build-up to Saka’s goal. He was taken off in the first round of substitutions.
BEN GODFREY – 5.5
Almost had a nightmare start to his England debut after a wayward backpass almost caused an own goal!
BEN WHITE – 6
The debutant, playing as a defensive midfielder, blasted a long-range effort high and wide, He also cleared the ball off the line at the death!
JAMES WARD-PROWSE – 5
Struggled to have an impact on the game after coming on, but did nothing wrong,
DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN – 5.5
Booked almost immediately after coming on for dangerous play. He looked a bit isolated when Grealish went off and England changed formation!
OLLIE WATKINS – 6
The Aston Villa striker looked lively and desperate to get involved in the action! He tracked back well from a left-wing position.
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