England v Holland player ratings: Liverpool's Adam Lallana shines but Everton's John Stones appeared naive

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Danny Rose won't be sleeping easy (Source: Getty)

Fraser Forster

Couldn’t blame him for either goal. He was solid enough, aside from a couple of shaky moments in possession. His decision-making is lacking sometimes but wouldn’t let England down if he started at Euro 2016. That said, he’s very much the No2 behind Joe Hart.

Kyle Walker

Showed with the goal that he has the engine and ability to get forward, while his pass to Vardy was cool and calm. He probably regards himself as England’s first-choice right-back and I believe he should be ahead of Clyne in the pecking order on experience.

Danny Rose

The full-back looked a bag of nerves and didn’t do himself any favours. He did fine against Germany but last night his crossing was poor and he appeared intimidated by the occasion, almost like it was too important. He won’t be sleeping easy, that’s for sure.

Chris Smalling

Smalling is a Steady Eddie. Together with David de Gea he’s held Manchester United together this season and has to be in the starting XI. He’s got a good physique and is effective in both penalty areas.

John Stones

He made errors, not least in the build-up to Holland’s equaliser. He has tons of ability but overplays and takes liberties. He’s still naïve – it’s not in his head to just clear his lines. He’s got to go to the Euros but last night showed he might not be mature enough to start.

Danny Drinkwater

Not a bad debut at all. He looked comfortable in an England shirt and showed Roy Hodgson that he can cope mentally with playing on the international stage. The Leicester midfielder did himself no harm whatsoever.

Ross Barkley

Hugely talented. Will definitely be on the plane but he needs to finish the season strongly for Everton. A lot depends on formations but Tottenham’s Dele Alli is ahead of him in Hodgson’s thinking now.

James Milner

You know exactly what you’re going to get from Milner. Last night’s stand-in skipper is a dead cert to make the cut and it’s dependent on opposition whether he starts or not.

Adam Lallana

Went up in my estimations. I thought he was too weak for international football but last night he didn’t look out of place; he was comfortable on the ball and played a nice pass to Walker for Vardy’s goal.

Jamie Vardy

A goalscorer, plain and simple. Whether the former Fleetwood striker starts in France depends on the formation Hodgson deploys. Kane will be first choice if England play one up front. We’re spoilt for choice in attack.

Daniel Sturridge

England’s most gifted forward technically. His contribution to the goal was only a step-over but it showed how smart a footballer he is. A fully fit Sturridge is every bit as good as Kane. Both should start if England play two up top.


The biggest question mark hangs over Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, but I like him. He has lots of Champions League experience and he is extremely quick. I would take him. The same applies to Everton centre-half Phil Jagielka. The experienced defender should be on the plane too.

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