England 1-0 Norway: How the team rated at Wembley

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
England captain Wayne Rooney
England captain Wayne Rooney notched his 41st goal for England

England beat Norway 1-0 in their first game since the World Cup, with new captain Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

The Manchester United striker's 68th-minute spot-kick was England's first shot on target, with substitute Danny Welbeck notching their only other effort on goal in the 73rd minute.

So how did Roy Hodgson's England men measure up over the 90 minutes at Wembley?

Joe Hart


One moment of mishandling in the first half but redeemed himself with a magnificent one-handed save from Joshua King which prevented Norway taking the lead.

Ex-England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "He needed a bit of concentration. But he made a great save."

Did you know? Hart has kept a clean sheet in his last three appearances for England at Wembley.

England's John Stones


Solid night at right-back, not his favoured position, for the Everton youngster. Untroubled in defence and composed on the ball.

Ex-England defender Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: "John Stones is not out of his depth at this level. He looks solid."

Did you know? Stones completed 92% of his passes on his first start for England.

England's Phil Jones and Norway's Per Ciljan Skjelbred


Solid in the first half but England's central defence still looked worryingly vulnerable when the slightest pressure was applied.

Did you know? Jones started in an England victory for the first time since Roy Hodgson's first match, also against Norway.

Gary Cahill


Had some uneasy moments, particularly when a poor clearance opened up a presentable chance for Norway. Went off with a slight knock late on.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "He has looked a bit edgy at the back and that's where you want your leaders."

Did you know? Cahill failed to complete 90 minutes for England in a game in which he featured for the first time since June 2012.

Leighton Baines


Everton's left-back suffered at the World Cup and was still not quite himself. Not tested particularly in defence and his usually reliable crossing was not at its best.

Did you know? Baines was the only player other than Sterling (seven) to create more than one goalscoring chance in this game (two).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


Few flashes of pace but something of a quiet night for this very talented Arsenal youngster.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "When he is on the ball out wide, he has got the pace and strength to go around people."

Did you know? England have not lost any of the 16 games in which Oxlade-Chamberlain has played (W10 D6).

Jack Wilshere


One or two penetrative runs in the first half as manager Roy Hodgson tried out his central midfield partnership with Jordan Henderson, but a fairly low-key display in keeping with the rest of the night.

Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: "He has tried to make things happen. But it's just not working."

Did you know? Wilshere has completed 90 minutes only twice in 21 England appearances.

Jordan Henderson


Worked as hard as ever and looks destined to take on the anchor role in England's midfield for the Euro 2016 campaign.

Did you know? Henderson had 117 touches against Norway, 40 more than any other player in the game.

Raheem Sterling


England's most dangerous player, with pace and trickery. He won the penalty that decided the game and will be a major part of Roy Hodgson's game plan in Switzerland.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "He's getting better and better. England are relying on him a lot."

Did you know? Sterling created seven goalscoring chances in this game, the most since Steven Gerrard mustered 10 against Moldova last September

Daniel Sturridge


So much ability and a real danger in and around the area, but still inclined to be too selfish on occasions and ignore team-mates in much better positions.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "He is lively, he has got quick feet and has a trick or two. It's just finding the composure to hit the target."

Did you know? Sturridge hit four shots against Norway, twice as many as any other player in the game, but none were on target.

Wayne Rooney


Will be delighted to have got his 41st England goal, scored from the penalty spot, but often seemed to be trying a little too hard in his first game since taking on the permanent captaincy.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: "He did not play his normal game. He was trying to force things and he did not need to."

Did you know? Rooney became only the fourth player to score more than 40 goals for England, after Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves.


FABIAN DELPH (MIDFIELDER) 5 - for Jack Wilshere on 69 minutes

Will be delighted to get a debut but made little impact.

Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: "Every time he gets the ball he passes and runs forward. He provides more energy."

Did you know? Delph made 23 touches in 21 minutes on his England debut

DANNY WELBECK (FORWARD) 7 - for Wayne Rooney on 69 minutes

Enjoyed a really lively cameo, forcing a save from the keeper and also firing a shot across goal. Has he given Roy Hodgson something to think about ahead of Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland?

Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: "He's gone to Arsenal and that will have given him so much confidence. Now he is the main man."

Did you know? Welbeck had England's only other shot on target (other than Wayne Rooney's penalty) against Norway.

JAMES MILNER (MIDFIELDER) 5 - for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 69 minutes

Not much chance to get involved in a brief appearance as substitute.

Did you know? Milner made his 49th appearance for the England senior team. He made a record 46 appearances for the England Under-21s.

Calum Chambers (defender) replaced John Stones after 80 minutes, Phil Jagielka (defender) replaced Gary Cahill after 84 minutes and Rickie Lambert (forward) replaced Daniel Sturridge after 88 minutes.

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