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Frank Lampard cancelled out Shane Long's early header to level the scores with Ireland shot-stopper David Forde pulling off a string of fine saves denying Hodgson's men a late win

ENGLAND



JOE HART
Nothing he could do about Long's header which flew past him into the corner of the net. Apart from that, the Manchester City man had a decent game before being subbed at halftime.

2.5



ASHLEY COLE
Captained the Three Lions and delivered a typically assured and efficient performance. It would be hard to criticize him too much for the opening goal despite Coleman's cross coming in from his side.  Almost got on the scoresheet himself in the second half but was denied by Coleman's excellent tackle.
3




GLEN JOHNSON
Lost out to Shane Long in an aerial duel for Ireland's first goal before coming off at halftime. Not one of his better displays in an England shirt.
2




GARY CAHILL
Made a fine sliding tackle to thwart Aiden McGeady inside the box when he looked like causing England trouble in the first half. His partnership with Jagielka looked solid.
3




PHIL JAGIELKA
Fine display from the Everton defender, he read the game well all night, snapping at the heels of Long and Walters whenever the ball was played into them. Also seems to be forging a fine understanding with Cahill.
2.5




FRANK LAMPARD
Scored the equalizing goal with all the nous we've come to expect from him. His run into the box to meet Sturridge's cross was superbly timed, his finish typically casual and effective.
3.5




MICHAEL CARRICK
Continued where he left off from an impressive season in the Premier League. His tempo-dictating passing from central midfield was accurate and reliable if unspectacular.
3




THEO WALCOTT
Very rarely found the space needed to stretch his legs and run at the Irish defense. When he did get himself to the byline his final ball was well defended by Trapattoni's men on multiple occasions.

3




ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
A hit and miss performance from the Arsenal man. He showed flashes of skill on the ball but too often his final product was below par. Almost found the winner but was denied by a fine save from Forde late on.

3




WAYNE ROONEY
Dropped deep to get himself involved in the buildup to England's attacks, pulling the strings for Hodgson's men throughout the night without too much success, it has to be said.

2.5




DANIEL STURRIDGE
Was quite a peripheral figure in the early part of the match as England struggled for rhythm but he set up Lampard's goal with a smart ball into a dangerous area before being forced off with an injury.
3




JERMAIN DEFOE
Came on after half an hour for the injured Strurridge and linked-up well with Walcott at Rooney at times but frustratingly for him didn't manage to get a clear goalscoring chance for himself.
2.5




BEN FOSTER
A half-time sub for Joe Hart, had a quiet time in the second half as Ireland struggled going forward.
2.5




PHIL JONES
Slotted in at right-back when he replaced Johnson at half-time and did a fine job up against James McClean.

3




LEIGHTON BAINES
Came on early in the second half to replace Cole and had a very quiet game on the left flank. Never got to see him link up with Oxlade-Chamberlain.

2.5


IRELAND



DAVID FORDE
The 33-year-old provided a commanding presence behind the Ireland defense, doing everything he was required to do with minimum fuss. Kept out Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott late on with a pair of fine saves from close range.
4



STEPHEN KELLY
Dealt with the threat of Theo Walcott well in the first period with the help of Glenn Whelan but seemed to struggle in the second half as the Arsenal forward began to drift inside linking up with Rooney.
2.5




SEAMUS COLEMAN
His cross to set up Ireland's opening goal couldn't have been any better also did well to block two very threatening Walcott crosses which could have led to a goals either side of halftime. An impressive performance going both ways.
4




JOHN O'SHEA
In the absence of Richard Dunne, the Sunderland defender was the leader in Ireland's back line. On the whole he did a fine job organizing the visitor's back-four.
3.5




SEAN ST LEDGER
A solid display from the Leicester City man. Had trouble with the pace and movement of Sturridge early on but had a better time defending against Defoe when he came on. Perhaps slightly lucky with a couple of meaty challenges.
3




GLENN WHELAN
Didn't cover himself in glory for England's equalizer where he could have perhaps done a little more to stop the ball reaching Lampard, who went on to score. Worked hard in midfield but apart from a couple of scrappy tackles, offered little.

1.5




JAMES MCCARTHY
Offered more than the typical hard-working, industrious type so often employed by Trapattoni in central midfield but despite Ireland seeing plenty of the ball he found it difficult to exert his influence on proceedings in the final third.
2




AIDEN MCGEADY
His class on the ball was evident from early on, showing some fine touches when in possession while also delivering quality into the box from out wide. Almost caught out Hart with a low shot late in the first half before fading a little after the break.
3.5




JON WALTERS
Played as the target man in Giovanni Trapattoni's team and while he held the ball up well at times, he didn't look like threatening Joe Hart at any point in the match, but did come close to creating a chance by challenging Foster in the second half, only to see the ref blow for a foul.
2




ROBBIE KEANE
Drifted around the pitch looking for the ball but he wasn't allowed to turn in the final third and really do anything to penetrate England's defense. An ineffective performance from the Irish talisman.

2




SHANE LONG
Ran the channels in behind England's defence without much success but take nothing away from his header which opened the scoring, it was out of the top drawer and left Hart with little to no chance of keeping it out.
3




SIMON COX
Replaced Robbie Keane midway through the second half and despite showing plenty of hustle he wasn't really effective.
2.5




JAMES MCCLEAN
Came on for Aiden McGeady with 20 minutes to go and while he got into threatening positions he was far too easy to read for Phil Jones.
2

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