England 2-1 Croatia: player ratings from Wembley

Jacob Steinberg on 18 November 2018

England

Jordan Pickford Odd call to chest Fabian Delph’s backpass. Unlucky with Andrej Kramaric’s goal 6

Kyle Walker Enterprising when he attacked from right-back. But he could have been closer to Kramaric 6

Joe Gomez A composed presence at the back. His long throw led to England’s equalising goal 7

John Stones Will be annoyed at how Kramaric fooled him for the opener. Had a role in Jesse Lingard’s leveller 5

Ben Chilwell Exposed when Croatia scored. Disappointing set-pieces until his free-kick led to Harry Kane’s winner 6

Eric Dier Coped with Luka Modric. One late error almost costly. Unlucky when hit by Kramaric’s shot 6

Fabian Delph Recovered after nearly gifting early goal. But does Harry Winks offer more in possession? 6

Ross Barkley Booked after reacting to being dispossessed with Modric foul. Replaced by the more effective Dele Alli 5

Raheem Sterling While his speed caused problems, he lacked conviction in front of goal. Not clinical enough 6

Harry Kane Captain was involved in the equaliser and produced an instinctive finish for the winner 8

Marcus Rashford Offered thrust on the left. One brilliant run from own half deserved better finish from Sterling 6

Subs Dele Alli (for Barkley 63) 7; Jesse Lingard (for Delph 73) 7; Jadon Sancho (for Rashford 73) 6

Croatia

Lovre Kalinic Decisive goalkeeping denied Kane and Sterling several times. Let down by his defence for goals 7

Sime Vrsaljko Had his hands full with Rashford before departing with an injury in the first half 6

Dejan Lovren The centre-back was key part of a defence that failed to deal with England’s late aerial assault 4

Domagoj Vida Almost sealed it for Croatia with a thumping header. Like Lovren he was poor in the final 15 minutes 4

Tin Jedvaj Unsettled by pace of Sterling. Cleared Kane shot off the line. Unconvincing after swapping flanks 5

Luka Modric Worked hard but Croatia’s talisman was not as influential as he was in the summer at World Cup 6

Marcelo Brozovic Did not offer as much subtlety as Ivan Rakitic and spurned a late chance. Booked for dissent 5

Ante Rebic Lifted over an early opportunity and sliced a cross into the stands. Substituted at half-time 5

Nikola Vlasic Largely anonymous until he wriggled through on the right to set up Kramaric’s goal. 6

Ivan Perisic The forward who got the better of Walker at the World Cup improved in the second half 6

Andrej Kramaric His excellent footwork beat Stones and earned space for a shot that looped beyond Pickford 7

Subs Antonio Milic (for Vrsaljko 26) 6; Josip Brekalo (for Rebic ht) 6; Marko Rog (for Vlasic 79) 6

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