England player ratings vs Ukraine: Marc Guehi and Jordan Henderson justify selection with solid displays

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England were unable to extend their lead at the top of their Euro 2024 qualification group as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine.

The match, played in Wroclaw, Poland, due to the war in Ukraine, was England’s for the taking — and Gareth Southgate’s side had the better chances.

Yet it was Ukraine who took a surprise lead in the first half when Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko coolly slotted home from Yukhym Konoplya’s pull-back.

England were level before the break when Kyle Walker scored his long-awaited first international goal, in his 77th cap, from Harry Kane’s inch-perfect hoicked pass. Southgate’s side remain comfortably top of Group C by six points, but their 100 per cent win rate was lost as Ukraine held on for a valuable point.

Dom Smith was witnessing the action and rated the England performances…

Jordan Pickford — 6

Out of his goal quickly to ensure Mykhailo Mudryk couldn’t tear away one-on-one in the first half. Had little else to do.

Kyle Walker — 8

Got into the box and equalised before half-time, scoring his long overdue maiden England goal. Was visibly delighted with it.

Marc Guehi — 7

Played well in Wroclaw, mopping up any danger well and never panicking on the ball.

Harry Maguire — 6

Did his job at the back and headed into Heorhiy Buschan’s grasp from a late corner as England went searching for a winner in the second half. Harshly booked late on.

Ben Chilwell — 7

Helped to track back and was a threat down the left flank. A valuable chance to impress Southgate, who prefers the injured Luke Shaw when fit.

Declan Rice — 6

One of his quieter games but rotated play well and brought his teammates into play. Rarely puts a foot wrong for club or country.

Jordan Henderson — 7

A workmanlike shift from the industrious No8, despite all the noise that has surrounded his controversial selection for this squad.

Jude Bellingham — 6

Popped up in plenty of useful areas of the pitch in a busy performance before being replaced after 65 minutes.

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Bukayo Saka — 7

England’s liveliest attacker. Desperately unlucky not to score when Bushchan tipped his second-half dipper against the crossbar and away.

Harry Kane — 7

His assist for Walker’s equaliser was a stunning long pass, indicative of his magnificent passing range. Had very few chances to fire at goal himself.

James Maddison — 7

Dropped into the pocket and carried the ball excellently for England. Booked in the first half for a lazy and late slide tackle on Bournemouth’s Illya Zabarnyi.


Marcus Rashford (Maddison, 65’) — 7

Made an impact off the bench, beating players and moving the ball more quickly on the left than can sometimes be said of him.

Phil Foden (Bellingham, 65’) — 6

Struggled to get into the game despite playing the final 25 minutes.

Conor Gallagher (Saka, 86’) — N/A

Subs not used: Trippier, Johnstone, Colwill, Tomori, Phillips, Dunk, Eze, Ramsdale, Wilson