Player Ratings: Spain 2-0 England

Spain had too much for England as they dominated at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, running out 2-0 winners thanks to David Villa and Fernando Llorente. rates the participants...

Casillas 6 Didn't have a great deal to do during the first half and made way for Reina in due course.

Ramos 7 Did well to get back into position after supporting the attack. His half-volley had to be saved by James at the end of the first half. After the break he was let off the leash and were it not for Wright-Phillips he would have done more damage.

Capdevila 6 Keen to link up, but was replaced at half-time and we didn't see the best of him.

Pique 8 Very impressive for a rookie. A strapping lad, he was able to deal with the physical nature of the England side, yet mobile enough to mop up out wide. The former Manchester United kid came good.

Albiol 6.5 Couldn't deal with Heskey's physical presence at times and was perhaps lucky to avoid a card during the opening period. Did well against the pace of England, though, and was composed until he was replaced.

Senna 7 Always classy in the middle and was keen to have a go from distance, too. Such a key part of Spain's passing game, but he took a couple of knocks and I was surprised to see him last till the end.

Alonso 7.5 He was already having a decent game before his stunning pass into David Villa's feet led to Spain's opening goal. Wasn't quite as integral in the second period.

Iniesta 8 Drifted during the first half, both in terms of positioning and involvement. Over the piece, however, his link-up play helped to oil the cogs and he played a full part in the win.

Xavi 9 The masterful midfield maestro ran the show for large spells and created the second goal, hanging a ball up for Llorente to power home.

Torres 6.5 Looked very sharp early on and had a couple of decent half-chances. Lasted an hour, keeping in mind that he's still recovering from a long injury lay-off.

Villa 8 Simply unplayable for spells during the opening period. Was involved in most of Spain's attacking movements and took his goal well, taming a hard pass before dispatching past James. Lasted 56 minutes, but could have gone on.


Llorente 7 had an eventful time, coming on to score his first at international level with a powerful header, before limping off late on. Luckily, Guiza was on to pick up the slack. Reina 6 had to rely on another sub, the impressive Marchena, to bail him out as Carlton Cole rounded him. Arbeloa 6 was also given 45 minutes and didn't let anyone down.


James 4 Classic David James, I'm afraid. Anything else he did in the first half was undone when he took his eye off Torres' deflected effort and let it slip out of his arms like a bar of soap. Unsurprisingly replaced at half-time.

Johnson 7 The full-back was impressive and will have more opportunities at this level, certainly. He got forward well in the second half and sent in a few decent crosses.

Ashley Cole 7 It's a good job he has some pace, because his positioning was a bit off at times. However, he worked hard for 90 minutes and was above average overall.

Jagielka 5 Started very well and was keen to make an impression. However, he was exposed by Villa as the striker opened the scoring and replaced at half-time.

Terry 5.5 It wasn't even his busiest of days, but his defence didn't deal with the two moments of real danger and two goals were conceded.

Carrick 6 Was kept very quiet and couldn't replicate his Manchester United form.

Wright-Phillips 8 Probably England's best player. Tracked back magnificently to deal with Sergio Ramos and, although he might have done a bit better with his golden chance, was always in a decent position.

Barry 5.5 Played the first half, but he never really got a grip of the midfield, which Spain dominated as expected.

Heskey 6 His power caused problems during the first half, but there were question marks over his fitness and he was duly replaced at the break.

Downing 5.5 His deliveries left a lot to be desired and it's unclear as to what Downing brings to the team, when compared to red-hot Ashley Young.

Agbonlahor 5.5
Tried to run at defenders and cause problems, but faded badly after the break and was eventually replaced.


Beckham 7.5 made England's two best chances, playing in Wright-Phillips and then Carlton Cole. Booked for talking back to the referee but should have been given longer on his record 108th cap.

Green didn't have a great deal to do other than reach helplessly as Llorente beat him with a header. Upson did okay, Lampard probably should have started, as he took a while to get going, and Crouch was in the wars during his cameo. Carlton Cole 6.5 did well, though, and was so unlucky not to score from a tight angle.

Greg Ptolomey,