PLAYER RATINGS: Alexander-Arnold struggled while Bellingham shone

ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Trent Alexander-Arnold struggled to make his mark in midfield for England, while Jude Bellingham showed he can do it all after Gareth Southgate’s side beat Andorra

  • England cruised past Andorra 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley
  • Jude Bellingham was excellent in midfield and showcased his huge talent
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold struggled in an unfamiliar midfield role in the match 

England ran out extremely comfortable winners in their World Cup qualifier over Andorra at Wembley on Sunday, easing to a 4-0 victory. 

Gareth Southgate’s men maintained their perfect record on the road to Qatar 2022 following a 4-0 win over Hungary on Thursday that was a much tougher examination. The England boss changed all 11 starting players from that match against minnows Andorra.

Sportsmail’s ADRIAN KAJUMBA assessed each England player’s performance. 

Midfielder Jude Bellingham was classy and showcased his ability to do it all in central midfield


Sam Johnstone – 6.5

A spectator for most of his competitive debut. Mainly had routine duties to deal with to keep England moving. Safe and secure in everything he had to do.

Reece James – 6.5

Couple of sloppy first-half moments which he recovered from. Went close with a first-half volley and hit the bar during his little midfield cameo before second-half substitution.

Conor Coady – 7

Proud day for popular defender, making his first England appearance in front of a crowd, and almost marked it in stunning style with a first-half overhead kick.

Conor Coady (right) nearly marked his first England home appearance with an overhead kick

Tyrone Mings – 7.5

Had little to do defensively but remained alert and took no risks to avoid any issues. His interception started the move that led to England’s opening goal.

Kieran Trippier – 7

Made an eye-catching start with his attempts to breach Andorra’s defence with surprise runs in behind. On occasions, was England’s most advanced player. Linked well with Saka.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

In unfamiliar midfield role and did not look overly comfortable. Was unable to stamp his mark on things and moved at break to more familiar right-sided role.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (centre) did not look very comfortable in an unfamiliar midfield role

Jordan Henderson – 7

Provided England with an insurance in front of the defence when needed for most of game. Used the ball well on occasions in a disciplined, unspectacular display.

Jude Bellingham – 8.5

Limited opponents yes, but showcased his ability to do it all in central midfield. Fancy footwork, intelligent runs, attacking contribution and gets stuck in too. Classy operator.

Jesse Lingard – 8.5

Increasingly effective and involved as game wore on. A busy and sharp display containing some standout moments including his two goals, one assist and skilful run to win free-kick.

Jesse Lingard scored twice for England and looked increasingly effective as the game went on

Patrick Bamford – 6.5

Keen to make impression and put himself about with couple of early challenges. Had a few nearly moments looking for dream debut goal. Lots of unselfish work and running.

Bukayo Saka – 8

Received brilliant reception on Wembley return and would not have been a more popular scorer when he netted late on. A regular source of chances from both flanks.

Subs: Kane (for Bamford 62) 7; Mount (for Bellingham 62) 6.5; Grealish (for James 62) 7

Bukayo Saka was a regular source of chances and received a brilliant reception at Wembley

Subs not used: Walker, Pope, Shaw, Stones, Maguire, Rice, Phillips, Sterling, Pickford. 

Booked: Mings 

Gareth Southgate – 7.5

Was always going to be comfortable for England even with wholesale changes. Quickly and rightly abandoned Alexander-Arnold midfield experiment at half-time.

Gareth Southgate was right to quickly abandon the Alexander-Arnold in midfield experiment

Andorra (5-4-1): Gomes 6.5; Chus Rubio 6.5, Llovera 6, V Gonzalez, Garcia 5.5, San Nicolas 6 (Cervos 86); Jordi Rubio 6.5 (Marc Garcia 74, 5.5), Rebes 5.5, Vieira 6 (Ildefons Lima 86), Clemente 5.5 (Alex Martinez 75, 6); Sanchez 5 (Fernandez 66, 6).

Booked: Vales, Rebes, Jordi Rubio, Chus Rubio

Manager: Koldo Alvarez – 6

Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE) – 7

Not overly busy but clamped down on some of Andorra’s robust tackling with bookings when needed.

Man of the Match: Lingard 

Attendance: 67, 171

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