England player ratings

 
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Joe Hart 5
Only on the field for 45 minutes and had little to do but pick the ball out of the net from Long’s header, for which it would be hard to blame the Man City goalkeeper

Glen Johnson 4
Linked effectively with Walcott on right; decision making called into question in attack and defence, not least when failed to prevent Long scoring opener

Gary Cahill 6
A well-timed tackle to halt McGeady was his highlight, and brought ball out of defence well on occasion. Dealt with robust Ireland forwards efficiently

Phil Jagielka 5
Mix-up with Carrick at a corner almost allowed Keane to score an Ireland winner. Solid otherwise though pairing with Cahill not the most mobile or versatile

Ashley Cole 6
Captain for night was inches away from scoring his first goal in 102 England games, and a typically classy display earned left-back warm applause when substituted

A Oxlade-Chamberlain 6
Influence of Coleman did not reflect well on Chamberlain but his directness, willingness to run at defence and unpredictability were among rare high points for jaded England

Frank Lampard 7
Ageless midfielder showed a striker’s instinct to pounce for equaliser and, one careless moment when caught on ball by McGeady aside, the Chelsea man led by example

Michael Carrick 7
Always looking to receive ball, calm in possession, showed ability to produce range of passing, including some through balls, as well as putting foot in. Good all round

Theo Walcott 7
Forced good saves from Forde and looked man most likely to create openings for England, not least when unleashing pace at Kelly, but no decisive impact

Wayne Rooney 5
Initially looked eager to make up for recent time out but struggled to impose himself and, a through ball to Walcott aside, nothing like as effective as his talent demands

Daniel Sturridge 6
Trickery and patience teed up Lampard for the equaliser in a promising half an hour before the Liverpool striker was carried off injured and ruled out of Brazil trip

Substitutes
Defoe (Sturridge, 33): well short of his effervescent best; Foster (Hart, 45): fluffed a cross and almost gifted Ireland a winner in first England game for three years; Jones (Johnson, 45): diligent against nimble-footed opponents in McGeady and McClean; Baines (Cole, 53): improved attacking options down left; Milner (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 87) not on long enough to have impact.