PLAYER RATINGS: Sancho impresses with encouraging display for England

PLAYER RATINGS: Jadon Sancho impresses with encouraging display while Jesse Lingard fails to live up to buzz of recent England performances

  • REPORT: England took a step closer to World Cup qualification on Saturday 
  • The Three Lions bagged five goals to sweep aside Andorra on away soil 
  • Jadon Sancho impressed despite a slow start to life at Manchester United
  • However, Jesse Lingard failed to live up to the buzz of recent performances 

England moved a step closer to booking their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following a dominant 5-0 victory over Andorra on Saturday night. 

Strikes from Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish helped sweep the European minnows to one side and left Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate with plenty of food for thought.

Here, Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel takes a look at who impressed and who fell flat over an intriguing 90 minutes at the Estadi Nacional.  

England moved a step closer to World Cup qualification after thrashing Andorra on Saturday

Sam Johnston – As expected, had very little to do in England’s goal as Andorra struggled to lay a glove in attack. 6

Kieran Trippier – England’s Mr Dependable produced another solid performance. His experience was key as tempers started to flare. 6.5

John Stones – His lack of action for Manchester City should be a concern, but he breezed through this test. Booked. 6.5

Wolves captain Conor Coady has never let England down when called upon and played well

Conor Coady – Never lets England down when called upon. The Wolves captain was fully at ease in Andorra. 6.5

Ben Chilwell – On England’s scoresheet for the first time – though VAR made him wait longer than he’d have liked. 7

Jesse Lingard – Not the buzz of his most recent England performances but did a job for his team in midfield. 6.5

James Ward-Prowse – His set pieces caused the Andorrans a host of problems. Moved the ball around with ease. 7

Jesse Lingard failed to live up to the buzz of recent performances for England and Man United

Phil Foden – The star of the show. Swaggered around the pitch with energy and quality – an excellent performance. 8.5

Jadon Sancho – Set up two of England’s goals to cap what was an encouraging display, yet he is capable of much more. Booked. 8

Tammy Abraham – Proved an effective focal point for England’s attacks and scored to cap a bright return to international football. 7

Bukayo Saka – Sharp and a willing runner down England’s right. Scored his third international goal; his England career goes from strength to strength. 7

Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho impressed with an encouraging display on the flank for England

Subs: Tomori 6.5 (Stones 60); Grealish (Sancho 73); Mount (Lingard 73); Watkins (Abraham 80)

Not used: Walker, Ramsdale, Henderson, Mings, Rice, Sterling, Kane, Watkins, Pickford.

Gareth Southgate: Job done. Tuesday’s test versus Hungary should be sterner – but the England boss will recall his big guns at Wembley. 7

Andorra (541): Gomes 5; Rubio Gomez 5, Garcia 5 (Lima 31 5 (Miramontes 63, 5)), Carus 5.5, Llovera 5.5, Garcia 5 (y); Martinez 5 (Peña 63, 5), Rebes 5 (y), Vieira 5, Rubio 5; Sanchez 5 (Betriu 64 6). Subs: Pons, Marin, Alvarez, Costa, Moro.

Koldo Alvarez: 5

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR) – 6.5

Attendance: 2,285




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