England 0-1 Germany: How the home players rated

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley Stadium
England goalkeeper Joe Hart and Germany's Sidney Sam

England suffered their second friendly defeat at Wembley in five days as Per Mertesacker gave Germany a 1-0 victory.

Andros Townsend hit the post for England but Roy Hodgson's side did not manage a shot on target against a below-strength Germany side.

Here, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses the individual performances of the England players.

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Joe Hart (goalkeeper) - 8

Eight out of 10

England's outstanding performer. Excellent display that will give England manager Roy Hodgson and the goalkeeper himself great confidence after a poor run of form.

Kyle Walker (right-back) - 6

Six out of 10

Had a tough time on occasions as Germany broke on England. Still behind Liverpool's Glen Johnson in the battle for the right-back spot.

Chris Smalling (centre-back) - 5

Five out of 10

Beaten in the air by Per Mertesacker for the goal and involved in a moment of confusion with Joe Hart in the second half that fortunately went unpunished.

Phil Jagielka (centre-back) - 6

Six out of 10

Occasionally struggled as Germany showed their quality in attack - but still on course to be first-choice central defender alongside Gary Cahill in Brazil.

Ashley Cole (left-back) - 6

Six out of 10

Steady night but still facing a real battle with Everton's Leighton Baines for his place in Brazil.

Andros Townsend (right midfield) - 6

Six out of 10

Lively in spells and came closest to an equaliser with a second-half shot that hit the post.

Steven Gerrard (centre midfield) - 6

Six out of 10

Sprayed some nice passes around in the first half and saw a long-range shot dip just over before being substituted early in the second half in his 108th international.

Tom Cleverley (centre midfield) - 5

Five out of 10

Once again a peripheral figure and substituted. Not making a serious case to be a regular in England's squad.

Adam Lallana (left midfield) - 5

Five out of 10

Tougher night after an impressive debut against Chile. Still must be regarded as very much an outsider for Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

Wayne Rooney (striker) - 6

Six out of 10

Quiet night for Rooney but no real service. Taken out of the action early. Will have better games than this.

Daniel Sturridge (striker) - 5

Five out of 10

Outstanding for Liverpool but yet to fully convince for England. At this level his over-elaboration often confuses himself rather than opposition defenders.

SUBSTITUTES

Kieran Gibbs (for Ashley Cole 53 mins) - 5

One or two forward runs after replacing Cole but not yet a serious threat to the man he came on for - or Everton's Leighton Baines.

Jordan Henderson (for Steven Gerrard 56 mins) - 5

Quiet and not able to make any serious impact on the game.

Jack Wilshere (for Tom Cleverley 64 mins) - 5

Like Henderson, given a spell in the second half to make his presence felt. He did not.

Ross Barkley (for Wayne Rooney 71 mins) - 5

Always willing to try something but Everton's teenager, understandably, occasionally looks to be trying too hard to impress.

Rickie Lambert (for Adam Lallana 76 mins) - 5

Late substitute when England were chasing the game. Did not get a chance to seriously influence the game but that was not his fault.

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