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A comfortable 5-0 home win over San Marino on Friday was followed up by a difficult 1-1 draw in Poland on Wednesday but who made the best impression on Roy Hodgson?

ANALYSIS
By George Ankers

Six goals and four points over five – wait, make that six – days. Would England have taken that if had been offered to them before the international break? Quite possibly.

The results might have been ultimately acceptable but, as ever, there were bright spots mixed with a few smudges in the Three Lions' performances against San Marino and Poland.

So who was good and who was bad? Goal.com examines how each player who featured across both games will have affected their standing in Roy Hodgson's thinking...

GOALKEEPER & DEFENCE

JOE HART: There is no dispute about his status as England's No.1 but the Manchester City goalkeeper has had better outings for his country. Essentially rested against San Marino, there was no opportunity to prove anything, but he underlined the distance that still remains between him and the game's very best against Poland.

A weakness in distribution was coupled with his disastrous attempt to come out for a corner, allowing Kamil Glik to head easily home. His post-match comments at least made it clear that he knows his need to improve.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

KYLE WALKER: With San Marino providing no defensive test, the Tottenham youngster looked complacent and tried too hard to execute clever step-overs and other attacking jaunts. Made way, as expected, for Glen Johnson on Wednesday, having not successfully pressed his case to become first choice. May have a worried eye on Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, in whom Hodgson has made his interest clear and has pledged his international future to England.
RATING: (v San Marino)

GLEN JOHNSON: Remains Hodgson's preferred right-back and, while actually defending has never been the strongest part of his game, was switched-on enough to bail his side out after Phil Jagielka's mistake in the second half against the Poles. Looks secure for the time being.
RATING:  (v Poland)

PHIL JAGIELKA: Given the nod ahead of Gary Cahill to start alongside Joleon Lescott in Warsaw and may have played himself out of the next game with said error. The Everton man will need to continue his fine club form to retain his starting place.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

GARY CAHILL: Could count himself unlucky to miss out against Poland after an untroubled display against San Marino.
RATING: (v San Marino)

JOLEON LESCOTT: Returning to the starting XI in Warsaw after being rested at Wembley and was England's best defender in the rescheduled match without being exceptional. Clearly Hodgson's first choice at centre-back for now.
RATING: (v Poland)

LEIGHTON BAINES: Ashley Cole may be nearing a well-earned century of caps but the Everton left-back was unlucky not to keep his place for the Poland clash after his showing against San Marino. Industrious and arguably the hosts' most consistent and dangerous threat, Baines is applying real pressure on the Chelsea man's place.
RATING: (v San Marino)

ASHLEY COLE: Restored to the line-up after being suspended for Friday's game but, on his 99th appearance for his country, had a very difficult afternoon as Poland right-back Lukas Piszczek terrorised the Three Lions for extended periods. Trusted for his experience but faces a real challenge from Baines.
RATING: (v Poland)

MIDFIELD

ENGLAND'S THREE STANDOUTS
 PLAYER RATINGS | DANNY WELBECK
v San Marino:

v Poland:


COMMENT: Welbeck Rooney's perfect partner
 PLAYER RATINGS | LEIGHTON BAINES
v San Marino:

v Poland:
N/A

"Baines' form gives Hodgson a headache"
 PLAYER RATINGS | AARON LENNON
v San Marino:

v Poland:
N/A
MICHAEL CARRICK: The Manchester United man is obviously firmly in Hodgson's plans or he would not have been recalled at all - but there is work to do in order to stay there. Chiefly involved due to his usual excellence in ball retention and passing, Carrick was awful in that regard against Poland in a very disappointing performance. Showed signs of adventure against San Marino, hitting the bar at one point, but must do better to retain his place.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

STEVEN GERRARD: The captain was not particularly missed while suspended for the San Marino victory and subdued in Warsaw. Without his delivery from the corner that led to Wayne Rooney's goal, however, England might have been punished more severely for a poor performance. Not going anywhere, evidently.
RATING: (v Poland)

TOM CLEVERLEY: Must be worried about his place. Played from in a deeper midfield role alongside Carrick at Wembley and was very quiet during the first half, his best contribution an unintentional touch to set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Deployed in a left-midfield position to which he is not suited against Poland and plugged away without being able to either stop Piszczek's raids or do damage going forward. His recent performances show that there is clearly lots of development to be done - the senior England team might not be the best place to do it. His place is under threat.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

JAMES MILNER: His brand of belligerent industry was not required against San Marino but it proved one of England's most useful assets against Poland. While Cleverley struggled in wide positions, the Manchester City man put in some good crosses and twice nearly found a striker at the near post. Not a crowd favourite and not all that enjoyable to watch but Hodgson clearly values his solidity and did himself no harm at all.
RATING: (v Poland)

THEO WALCOTT Perhaps the biggest loser from the week after lasting just five minutes on Friday before a chest injury from Aldo Simoncini's reckless challenge forced him off. Aaron Lennon proceeded to impress in his stead and it is not yet known if the damage will make him miss any chances to press his claim to a central role at Arsenal.
RATING: N/A

AARON LENNON: Took his chance when he replaced Walcott with an energetic, frequently incisive showing on the right flank against San Marino. The Tottenham winger may well have done enough to earn a starting role in future home games, at least, ahead of Milner.
RATING: (v San Marino)

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Omitted in Warsaw, with the threat of Piszczek presumably on Hodgson's mind, but continues to grow in an England shirt and marked it with his first international goal against San Marino. Set out to entertain at Wembley, sometimes at the expense of sensible play, but his decision-making will improve as he continues to play. Added much-needed pace off the bench against Poland, too. Compares favourably to Cleverley in the squad-stability stakes.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

JONJO SHELVEY: Called on for his England debut against San Marino and contributed well for his first outing. His crossfield pass in the build-up to Rooney's second was excellent and displayed some thrust, though lacking somewhat in control when he did so. May not be in the next squad - not every game is San Marino at home - but looks likely to be involved again sooner rather than later.
RATING: (v San Marino)

ATTACK

ENGLAND'S THREE WEAK LINKS
 PLAYER RATINGS | MICHAEL CARRICK
v San Marino:

v Poland:


COMMENT: England need Wilshere return
 PLAYER RATINGS | TOM CLEVERLEY
v San Marino:

v Poland:


COMMENT: England's lack of a creator exposed
 PLAYER RATINGS | JOE HART
v San Marino:

v Poland:


Hart takes blame for Poland equaliser
WAYNE ROONEY: Apparently buoyed by the honour of the captain's armband, the forward thrived as he deputised for Gerrard and Frank Lampard. A confident penalty and fine second-half finish on Friday brought him up to fifth in his country's all-time goalscorers list and his link-up play as he drifted all around the final third was very encouraging.

All that largely disappeared against Poland, however. When Rooney is bad for England, he is very bad and the whole team seems to suffer with him. Lazy on the ball and lucky to score with his shoulder from a corner. Still frustrates but Hodgson has no other comparable option between midfield and attack.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

JERMAIN DEFOE: Has been in good goalscoring touch for England of late but, recalled to face Poland, was left almost entirely isolated as the visitors dropped very deep to defend. His struggles in Warsaw were not of his making but Danny Welbeck's efforts against San Marino mean that he must be on his guard.
RATINGS: (v Poland)

DANNY WELBECK: As Goal.com's Wayne Veysey observed after the San Marino match, Welbeck appears to be Rooney's best partner in Hodgson's preferred split-striker system. Though still rough around the edges, he was constantly involved at Wembley and bagged two goals in tandem with his Manchester United team-mate. Made clear his value and must now be pushing Defoe hard to secure a regular starting berth.
RATINGS: (v San Marino) & (v Poland)

ANDY CARROLL: Only made a brief cameo off the bench against San Marino as his return to match-fitness following injury continues but seems destined to be only a substitute option for the immediate future. With Defoe and Welbeck's pace and movement paying dividends of late, the West Ham man's place in the squad is probably safe due to his plan-B potential - and these two games were never likely to change that.
RATING: (v San Marino)

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