Monday 14 October 2019 10:19 pm

Player ratings: Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley shine for England in Bulgaria

England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 in Sofia tonight in a Euro 2020 qualifying match overshadowed by persistent racist abuse from the stands. Here is how the visitors rated on a dark night for European football.

Jordan Pickford: 6

Saved what came his way, which was very little in an embarrassingly one-sided match. Some wayward kicking.

Kieran Trippier: 7

With little to do in defence, got forward to good effect and exploited space on the right wing as Sterling drifted inside.

Harry Maguire: 6

A rare outing on right side of central defence but could hardly have wished for an easier ride than this game.

Tyrone Mings: 6

Clumsy early booking aside, a comfortable debut on a night he may remember for all the wrong reasons.

Ben Chilwell: 7

Underlined why he should be first choice left-back with solid defending augmented with dangerous overlapping runs.

Harry Winks: 7

Classy display which showcased his range of passing. Pin-point crossfield pass to Trippier in build-up to third goal.

Jordan Henderson: 6

Looked more at ease back in a three-man midfield following ineffective display in defeat to Czech Republic.

Ross Barkley: 9

Hungry to prove a point on return to side and at heart of much of England’s good work. Two well deserved goals.

Raheem Sterling: 9

Scored twice and linked up well with Kane again. Courageous and dignified in the face of disgusting racist abuse.

Harry Kane: 8

Superb ball in for Barkley’s second and laid on Sterling’s brace. Late goal a reward for captain’s unselfish display.

Marcus Rashford: 8

Looked anything but a player in a rut with an explosive opening goal and persistent penetrating runs on and off ball.


Mason Mount (Barkley 72) 5: Bright and energetic but made little impact.

Jadon Sancho (Sterling 72) 5: One chance was saved in a low-key cameo.

Callum Wilson (Rashford 76) 6: Bright and nimble around box. Hit post. 

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