Last night England played their first final for 55 years. But unfortunately it ended in disappointment as England were defeated at the final hurdle and lost on penalties.
This article is going to look back at yesterday’s game and how the players performed over the tournament.
Jordan Pickford Final: 8 Tournament: 8
Dealt well with everything he had to do. Wasn’t tested a huge amount. Slightly unfortunate with the Italy goal. Did well in the penalty shoot-out. Overall he had a good tournament. Kept 5 clean sheets and only conceded 2 goals in the tournament.
Kieran Trippier Final: 7 Tournament: 7
Good going forward and defensively. Chiesa caused a few problems. Provided the assist for Luke Shaw’s goal. Played several positions throughout the tournament.
Kyle Walker Final: 7 Tournament: 7
Walker’s run created space for Trippier to set up Luke Shaw at the far post. His pace was an important asset to defend against Italy’s counter attacks and to provide more width on the right. Overall, he was very calm, strong and assured in defence throughout the tournament. His passing sometimes lacked accuracy. Another player whose versatility is important.
John Stones Final: 8 Tournament: 8
Stones made one vital block against Italy and was defensively solid both in the final and throughout the tournament.
Harry Maguire Final: 8 Tournament: 8
Passed the ball out for an Italy corner in the opening minute but was in the right place at the right time throughout the game. Overall Maguire has been solid and commanding in defence and has looked to bring the ball forward when possible.
Luke Shaw Final: 8.5 Tournament: 9
Started and finished off the move for England’s opening goal. Was very threatening down the left hand side throughout the game. Defensively sound throughout the tournament and provided three assists.
Kalvin Phillips Final: 8 Tournament: 9
Phillips tracked Verratti throughout the game and was his usual self – always breaking up play and getting stuck in. He had one notable shot which he dragged wide.
Although, Phillips only made his England debut last year and this was his first major tournament, he did not look out of place at all. He was constantly following his man, breaking up play and he was even threatening going forward. He assisted Raheem Sterling’s goal in England’s opening game against Croatia.
Declan Rice Final: 8.5 Tournament: 8.5
Rice formed a really good partnership with Phillips throughout the tournament and for his first tournament, he did not look out of place at all.
I was really impressed with Rice yesterday and thought it was possibly his best performance of the tournament. He made some good interceptions and blocks while also going on some runs forward with the ball. He made the most tackles and dribbles out of everyone yesterday.
Mason Mount Final: 7 Tournament: 7
Mount was on the left wing for the majority of yesterday’s game. He almost set up Raheem Sterling for a chance that would have made it 2-0. Mount will be disappointed to have been beaten to the ball by Marco Verratti for the equaliser.
Overall, Mount provided good creativity and work rate and was always looking to press and play on the front foot. He got one assist against Ukraine.
Raheem Sterling Final: 7.5 Tournament: 9
Sterling did manage to get into space and run at the Italy defence a few times. He was heavily involved in one promising move which didn’t quite come off.
Sterling scored three vital goals and an assist, while he was ready to score the equaliser against Denmark before Simon Kjaer bundled it into his own net. Sterling was a contender for Player of the Tournament.
Harry Kane Final: 6.5 Tournament: 8
Dropped deep, some clever balls opened up the Italy defence, but never looked likely to add to his tally of goals.
Kane failed to score during the group-stage but scored four times in three games prior to the final. He dropped deep quite a bit throughout the tournament and demonstrated an excellent range of passing, holding the ball and dribbling which was important in bringing others into play.
Bukayo Saka (Trippier, 71) Final: 6 Tournament: 8
Saka was hauled back by Chiellini, when he was about to race away in stoppage time. He struggled to have an impact on the game when he came on.
Overall, Saka had a fantastic game against Czech Republic and his runs and dribbling unsettled defences while he was also very astute defensively by stopping attacks.
However, unfortunately he missed the deciding penalty against Italy but he remains an brilliant prospect.
Jordan Henderson (Rice, 74) Final: 6.5 Tournament: 7
England probably needed his energy before Italy’s equaliser. Henderson did a good job helping gain more control of midfield especially in extra time.
Henderson arrived at the tournament injured but, like Maguire, vindicated his selection. He often came on when fresh bodies were needed in midfield and scored his first England goal against Ukraine.
Jack Grealish (Mount, 99) Final: 7 Tournament: 8
Worried Italy by running with the ball and trying to create a chance but he was often crowded out or outnumbered.
Grealish assisted Kane against Germany and always looked to keep the ball moving to create a chance.
Marcus Rashford (Henderson, 120) Final: N/A Tournament: 6
Brought on to take a penalty, ended the game as right-back.
Rashford has been a vital player for England in recent years but a niggling injury issue may have contributed to him not making a start. He didn’t really make any meaningful impact off the bench, although he wasn’t given long to do so.
Jadon Sancho (Walker, 120) Final: N/A Final: 7.5
Also brought on for the shoot-out.
Sancho made a couple of cameo appearances from the bench. He was very impressive against Ukraine in Rome.
Unused subs/not included in the matchday squad
Sam Johnstone N/A
Did not play a minute having made his debut in the warm-up friendly against Romania.
Aaron Ramsdale N/A
Called up to the squad to replace injured Dean Henderson and, like Johnstone, did not feature.
Reece James Tournament: 6.5
Helped England keep a clean sheet in the goalless draw with Scotland but did not feature again.
Tyrone Mings Tournament: 7.5
Mings played an important role in England’s first two games against Croatia and Scotland, making crucial blocks and tackles and helping them keep back-to-back clean sheets while filling in for Harry Maguire. Provides Southgate with an excellent left-footed option.
Conor Coady N/A
On the bench for every game but never made it onto the pitch. Received high praise from the England assistant manager, Steve Holland, who said Coady was his player of the tournament even though he hadn’t played a single minute. This shows how important Coady’s leadership and personality is.
Ben White N/A
Replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold in the squad but did not make an appearance and often left out of the squad.
Ben Chilwell N/A
Spent much of the tournament out of the matchday squad but that is mainly due to Luke Shaw’s performances.
Jude Bellingham Tournament: 6.5
Three appearances off the bench. Didn’t have long to demonstrate his ability and potential. Did set the record for the youngest ever player at a major tournament (for a matter of days) and the youngest England player at a major tournament. There is more to come from Jude Bellingham in an England shirt.
Phil Foden Tournament: 7
Foden almost got England’s tournament off to a flyer as he hit the post against Croatia. Foden showed some promising signs but his role at the tournament gradually petered out and he was injured for the final.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin Tournament: 6.5
Like Rashford, Calvert-Lewin was rarely given minutes as he had limited minutes off the bench.
This team has set records and broken barriers during the tournament and it is hoped that there will be more to come from this group of players. They have reached two semi-finals and one final in the last three years whereas the only other semi finals were in 1990 and 1996 and the last final was 55 years ago. During, the tournament, England only lost on penalties and only conceded two goals, one of which was a direct free-kick.