Poor performance from the FC Twente goalkeeper. Couldn’t really be held to account for any of England’s goals, but surely could have been more commanding of his lacklustre defence and should have made life more difficult for Rooney during both of his efforts.
Absolutely shocking display from the Partizan Belgrade defender. Allowed Cahill to drift off him for England’s opening goal, whilst was a bystander in the thick of the action as he watched Rooney head home his first goal.
Similarly poor performance from the CSKA Sofia man, with the Bulgarian defence clearly at odds not only with the England attack but themselves in what was a truly shocking defensive display. Replaced at half time by Sarmov.
Really poor marking for Rooney’s second goal of the evening, as the right-back failed to follow the Manchester United man as he drifted away from the pack to slot home England’s third goal.
The 25-year-old was unable to handle the movement of Rooney throughout, and was completely static as the striker rose to head in his first goal of the evening
Poor showing in defence from the 25-year-old, as defensive mistakes allowed England to take an unassailable lead before half time.
The Bulgarian captain was unable to break up the play of Walcott, Young and Downing, while never looking as capable of regaining possession as his England counterparts. Rarely provided an attacking option either, despite offering a threat from distance.
The Bolton Wanderers forward provided the first real chance of the game for Bulgaria, and was prepared to pepper Hart’s goal from distance, but never threatened the England goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old looked lively at times and tested Smalling throughout the first half, at times exposing the Manchester United youngster’s lack of experience. However was unable to capitalise on any such openings due to his own lack of a final ball.
Admittedly the striker looked lively, but only in comparison to the rest of his team-mates. Was prepared to run with the ball and looked to create, but was poor in distribution throughout. Replaced by Marquinhos with 10 minutes remaining.
A non-existent and weak performance from the striker. Now 17 games without a goal for his country, and on the evidence of this showing, that will be a run he will extend – if his manager gives him the opportunity to do so. Replaced by Bozhilov with 30 minutes left to play.
While the Manchester City shot stopper was never truly threatened and his distribution remained generally good, his performance was not without moments of misjudgement – although possibly a harsh criticism.
With the futures of Lampard, Gerrard and Terry usually brought to question at the time of England internationals, the inclusion of Cole is never doubted – and once again the Chelsea man showed us why. Defensively sound throughout and always an attacking option for Downing and Young on the overlap.
The plaudits will no doubt be stolen by his defensive partner Cahill, but Terry was strong in the air and ensured a solid performance from the backline, if at times slightly loose in possession.
Once again lining up in the right-back position he has found himself in for Manchester United since the start of the season, Smalling gave a solid showing. Was on hand defensively, offered an option down the flank and looked comfortable, even if suffering from the odd lapse of concentration.
Lovely chested control before slotting home to give England an early lead after 13 minutes. Also consistently strong in the air and dealt well with the albeit blunt Bulgarian attack.
Continued both his majestic form and partnership with Rooney which he has established at club level on the international stage. Looked a constant threat going forward, and found his team-mate well at the back post just before half time for the striker to tap home his second goal of the evening. Replaced by Milner with half an hour left to play.
Provided the corner for Rooney’s headed goal after 22 minutes, and slotted in well to the free-flowing, interchanging play of England’s attack with Walcott and Downing. Unlucky not to grab a goal after seeing his header graze the post.
Sat rather deep alongside Parker in the midfield and provided a delightful reverse ball for Cahill’s opening goal in a rare snippet of creativity from the Manchester City midfielder. Replaced by Frank Lampard with 10 minutes left to play.
The 30-year-old’s seventh cap now with five different clubs. Parker broke up the play well and in fairness was involved in some key turnovers of possession, notably in the build up to Rooney’s second effort just before half time. However, at times failed to provide cutting edge needed at the very top level.
The Arsenal man held his own alongside Young and Downing, riding the Bulgarian challenges well in the build up to the opening goal as he teed up Barry, who in turn found Cahill. Similarly broke well through the middle before eventually working the ball to Rooney for England’s third goal. Replaced by Johnson towards the end of the game.
Looked lively throughout and was certainly rewarded for his endeavours. Capitalised well on some truly awful defending from the Bulgarians to grab two first half goals, and is forming a promising understanding with club team-mate Ashley Young.
- V. Stoyanov
- V. Iliev
- K. Stoyanov
- S. Raykov
Replaced Bandalovski at half time, and to be fair saw out a goalless second half for the home side.
Replaced Popov with 10 minutes left to play. Brazilian provided little impact.
Replaced Genkov with half an hour left to play, and did little to threaten the England defence.
- D. Stockdale
- L. Baines
- P. Jagielka
Replaced Young 15 minutes into the second half. No doubt would have been disappointed to have not been included in the starting XI, although had little time to stake a claim for an inclusion in next week’s clash with Wales.
Given brief run-out in the place of Walcott.
Brief cameo in place of Gareth Barry on 80 minutes.
- J. Defoe