England v Estonia: How the players rated

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley Stadium
England players celebrate
England made it nine victories out of nine games in Euro 2016 qualifying

England continued their run of being the only side with a 100% record in qualifying for Euro 2016 with victory over Estonia.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley impressed in the middle of the park for the hosts, striker Harry Kane failed to score, while defender Gary Cahill captained England for the first time.

So how did England's players fare overall? Chief football writer Phil McNulty runs the rule over those on duty.

Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 5

Joe Hart

Barely in action. Has had plenty of quiet matches in this Euro 2016 campaign - might have been a night for Jack Butland to get a taste of the action.

Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) 6

Nathaniel Clyne

Had plenty of time to get forward and deliver some crosses but actually had a fairly quiet game. Barely needed defensively.

Ryan Bertrand (left-back) 6

Ryan Bertrand

Useful outing for the Southampton defender but very much down the pecking order of England left-backs. Competent.

Chris Smalling (centre-back) 7

Chris Smalling

Not much to do but elegant on the ball and one excellent clearance that could easily have been an own goal with poor technique.

Gary Cahill (centre-back) 6

Gary Cahill

Solid in defence but once again a night where he was never fully tested by an average Estonia side.

James Milner (midfielder) 6

James Milner

Tireless as ever but restricted by his role as a holding midfield player. Hodgson's Mr Reliable.

Man of the match: Ross Barkley (midfielder) 8

Ross Barkley

A dazzling, unpredictable talent. Still has flaws in decision-making but a real England game-changer and superb pass for Theo Walcott's goal.

Adam Lallana (midfielder) 5

Adam Lallana

Busy without making a serious impact on the game. Did not do enough to suggest he will be a starter when it matters.

Theo Walcott (forward) 7

Theo Walcott

Good night for the Arsenal striker as he got on the scoresheet. An increasingly reliable performer and offers England pace and adaptability.

Harry Kane (forward) 6

Harry Kane

Quiet night for the Spurs striker but has proved before he can get goals for England.

Raheem Sterling (forward) 7

Raheem Sterling

Good performance. Busy and showed real pace. Good for his confidence to get on the scoresheet with a simple late finish.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Lallana, 73 minutes) 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Very quiet cameo.

Jamie Vardy (for Walcott, 83 minutes) No rating

Jamie Vardy

No rating but on long enough to set Sterling's goal up with a very unselfish pass.

Dele Alli (for Barkley, 88 minutes) No rating

Dele Alli

A pointless substitution on Alli's debut.