England 5-3 Kosovo: player ratings from the Euro 2020 qualifier

Jacob Steinberg at St Mary’s on 10 September 2019


Jordan Pickford Exposed when Keane’s errant pass led to Kosovo’s rapid opener. Would be badly let down by Maguire later on. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold The Liverpool right-back was tested by Kosovo’s left side. Defended well but his crossing lacked its usual fizz. 6

Michael Keane The latest to falter while trying to play out from the back. Made amends with an assist for Sterling. 4

Harry Maguire The Manchester United defender got himself into a tangle and conceded a penalty after tripping Muriqi. 4

Ben Chilwell The Leicester defender had an encouraging game. However his crossing could have been more accurate. 6

Declan Rice The 20-year-old kept Celina quiet, but his sloppy pass led to Berisha making it 5-2. 6

Jordan Henderson Tried to be adventurous with his passing. Unable to cut out Muriqi’s cross for Berisha’s second goal. 6

Ross Barkley The Chelsea midfielder flattered to deceive despite winning a penalty. Selfish and wasteful in the final third. 5

Raheem Sterling The forward’s header settled England’s nerves. Superb assists for Kane and Sancho. Oozed class and confidence. 9

Harry Kane The captain used his supposedly weaker left foot to put England ahead. Had a tame penalty saved. 8

Jadon Sancho Preferred to Rashford, the youngster opened his England account with two close-range finishes. Forced Vojvoda’s own goal. 8


Mason Mount N/A (83min), Rashford N/A (85min)

Harry Maguire fouls Vedat Muriqi to gift Kosovo a penalty.
Harry Maguire fouls Vedat Muriqi to gift Kosovo a penalty. Photograph: ITV


Arijanet Muric He will always cherish saving Kane’s penalty. Received scant protection from a wheezing back four. 6

Mergim Vojvoda Tormented by Sterling, his night went from bad to worse when he scored at the wrong end. 2

Amir Rrahmani The captain lost out to Keane for England’s equaliser, was embarrassed by Sterling and conceded a penalty. Booked. 4

Fidan Aliti The centre-back fumed after Vojvoda’s own goal. He wanted play to stop after colliding with Alexander-Arnold. Booked. 4

Florent Hadergjonaj The Huddersfield defender was quick to attack early on but he soon had his hands full with Sancho’s raids. 4

Idriz Voca The midfielder struggled to contain England’s fast attacks and was substituted early in the second half. 5

Besar Halimi Always wanted the ball and used it well at times. Worked hard. A decent performance. 6

Florent Muslija Should have given the flailing Vojvoda more protection on the right. Substituted at half-time. 5

Bersant Celina The Swansea attacker found it hard to escape Rice. Unlucky to see a late effort curl just wide. 5

Valon Berisha Two fine finishes from the Lazio winger gave Kosovo something to remember and exposed frailties in England’s defence. Booked. 7

Vedat Muriqi The burly striker had a good game. Created both of Berisha’s goals before winning and converting a penalty. 7.


Leart Paqarada Introduced at half-time. Booked for protesting too much about England’s penalty. 6

Anel Rashkaj Helped to restore order after replacing Voca in the 59th minute. Booked. 6

Florent Hasani N/A (85min)

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