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August 16, 2012 3:00 AM SGT
Wankdorfstadion — Bern
Referee:‬ S. Kever‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: England 2-1 Italy

Jermain Defoe scored a terrific late goal to hand the Three Lions victory over the Azzurri in a tepid affair in Switzerland, with the two sides also exchanging goals from corners

By Oliver Platt

  • Jack Butland
    3
    0
    2.50

    Jack Butland

    Did well to palm Diamanti's deflected free kick away but could do nothing to stop De Rossi's header from the resulting corner. Comfortable debut and was replaced at half-time.

  • Gary Cahill
    4
    1
    2.00

    Gary Cahill

    Distributed well, as ever, but like Jagielka, allowed too many through-balls to get past him. Dealt unconvincingly, too, with a Diamanti cross of which Destro nearly took advantage. Thought he had given England the lead when he volleyed home a corner but Lescott was guilty of shirt-pulling.

  • Kyle Walker
    2
    0
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Showed more appetite for adventure down the right than Baines did on the opposite side, but did not attack with his usual conviction or explosiveness. Lost the run of Peluso, who might have done better when he got behind the defence.

  • Leighton Baines
    1
    0
    2.00

    Leighton Baines

    No right winger to mark so he might have been expected to break forward with aplomb, but he really only supported the midfield and did not look like getting in good crossing positions.

  • Phil Jagielka
    1
    0
    2.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Levelled the score with an excellent diving header from Lampard's corner. Looked somewhat stretched by Destro's pace at times and was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty when he leant on the striker early in the second half.

  • Adam Johnson
    6
    2
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    Saw plenty of the ball and showed off his bag of tricks. Left Balzaretti for dead before picking out Walker with a through ball, who then won the corner from which England equalised. Faded as the match went on, but his first-half display was promising in a tepid match.

  • Ashley Young
    1
    2
    2.00

    Ashley Young

    Drifted across the edge of the box menacingly but did not create or receive much in the way of chances. Looks more effective as a more orthodox winger and was eventually withdrawn without having made much of a mark on the game.

  • Frank Lampard
    24
    1
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Supplied the corner from which Jagielka equalised. Neat in midfield and got forward well but it was by lurking in a deeper position that he threatened with a couple of long-range efforts. Not far away with a free kick shortly before half-time before he was withdrawn in the second half. Looks as if he still has a part to play for club and country.

  • Michael Carrick
    7
    1
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Outjumped by De Rossi from a corner as Italy took the lead. Neat and tidy, as always, in possession but struggled to find much in the way of penetration.

  • Tom Cleverley
    16
    8
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Showed some neat touches around the edge of the box but often received the ball in congestion with his back to goal. Struggled to exert much creative influence overall, and might have done better to pick out a Defoe run in the second half.

  • Andy Carroll
    5
    4
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    Showed good movement and offered for passes frequently but England might have found him of more use if he had been more of a static central reference point rather than drifting around. Replaced by Defoe at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    2
    0
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Introduced in the second half and could have grabbed the winning goal after Sirigu made an excellent save but palmed the rebound in his direction. Couldn't quite make good contact from close range, forcing the ball against the post. Defensively untested.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    5
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Made a crucial clearance off the goal-line after arriving as a late substitute.

  • Jake Livermore
    2
    0

    Jake Livermore

    Made his debut in the latter stages in central midfield.

  • James Milner
    7
    1
    3.50

    James Milner

    Immediately injected some enthusiasm and creativity to the right-hand side of midfield, sending in two decent crosses shortly after entering the fray. Then delivered a peach of a free kick from the left that Cahill should have converted, Peluso nearly did and Lescott just failed to force inside the post after Sirigu had made a superb save. Almost set up a third when he beat Peluso on the right but Ogbonna and Astori did just enough to turn his low cross behind.

  • Jermain Defoe
    7
    0
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Had barely seen the ball before, out of nothing down the left-hand side, he turned inside Astori and belted a terrific shot into the top corner.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    0
    0
    2.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Little to do in the first half. No chance with Jagielka's header and easily dealt with Lampard's long-range efforts. Made an excellent save when Peluso looked to have turned Milner's free kick into his own net but couldn't keep Defoe's effort out despite getting a slight touch.

  • Angelo Ogbonna
    2
    1
    3.00

    Angelo Ogbonna

    Generally very solid, letting little past him as he held his position on the edge of the box when England had possession in the Italy half.

  • Davide Astori
    0
    0
    2.00

    Davide Astori

    Guilty of a couple of poor challenges in the first half. Had formed a strong partnership with Ogbonna but allowed Defoe to run across him to score the winning goal late on.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    0
    0
    1.50

    Federico Balzaretti

    Didn't get much change out of Walker when he roamed down the left-hand side and had a tough time dealing with Johnson, who usually cut inside but skinned him in the build-up to England's equaliser when he did head down the touchline. Replaced at half-time by Peluso.

  • Ignazio Abate
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Got into good positions down the right flank, showing his usual combination of energy and explosiveness, but too often wasteful with his end product. Did drill a dangerous low cross across the six-yard box after a good exchange with Diamanti, however.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    1
    0
    2.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    Picked out Destro with a lovely pass over the top from deep, which England have always struggled to defend due to their lack of pressing. Otherwise, fairly subdued, with De Rossi taking the reins.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    1
    0
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Threatening when he drifted out to the left wing before cutting inside on his right foot, delivering a couple of dangerous passes and crosses from deep positions.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    1
    0
    3.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    Played a superb long pass behind the defence which Destro failed to control. Flicked header opened the scoring and he fulfilled his usual role as midfield pivot effectively.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    0
    0
    2.50

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Tested Butland with a deflected free kick before planting the resulting corner on De Rossi's header for the opening goal. Not frequently on the ball but a threat every time he received the space to provide a delivery into the box.

  • Mattia Destro
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mattia Destro

    Has a natural instinct for finding channels of space in and around the penalty area. Might have done better with a long De Rossi pass in the first half and also failed to properly control a similar ball from Aquilani. Showed his predatory instinct in the second half by pouncing on a loose ball in the box to force Ruddy into an excellent save. Always looked the most likely player to score on the pitch, but could not find the target.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Quiet. Tried to drift out to the left-hand side to create width but didn't receive much in the way of support or possession. Broke forward into space dangerously early in the second half but overhit his pass to Diamanti.

Substitutions

  • Federico Peluso
    0
    0
    2.00

    Federico Peluso

    Found his way between Walker and Cahill with a good run from left-back but hit the side netting when through on goal. Nearly scored an own goal when he dealt indecisively with Milner's free kick and skinned by the Manchester City man again late on.

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