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England Player Review

The win is all that matters , the method unimportant. England took their first three points in the first game of a tournament for a long time. This was vital in terms of confidence and momentum especially for such a relatively young and inexperienced team. England played exceptionally well for twenty minutes but failed to put Tunisia to the sword against better teams they will have to take their chances if they want to progress. Once Tunisia scored they lost a lot of their fluency and became quite ponderous in the second half. England needed to play with more intensity, not just in their pressing and tackling but more importantly when in possession. They needed to work hard to get in space to receive the ball , lay it off and go again. However, they got the win and had the officiating been better they may well have won at a canter.

Jordan Pickford- no chance with the penalty, comfortably dealt with everything else. Made me nervous with some of his distribution.

Harry Maguire- looked relaxed and comfortable. Gave the ball away in dangerous places a couple of times, but didn't let it effect him kept trying to make something happen.

John Stones- looked accomplished, terrific leap and header for the first goal, badly scuffed a good chance

Kyle Walker- looked edgy and nervous all match. Had a frantic air about him, unlucky with the penalty decision but it didn't help his nerves.

Ashley Young- worked hard, created one fantastic opportunity but his lack of a left foot restricted England's fluidity.

Jordan Henderson- really strong performance, covered a lot of ground tackling and intercepting, showed a really good passing range, one excellent volleyed shot. Could be more attack minded with his passing particularly in second half.

Kieran TrIppier- easily my man of the match. Didn't put a foot wrong, positionally secure, always available, never gave the ball away. His vision and delivery was constantly excellent,

Dele Alli- started really brightlyand looked England's best player. He took a knock and never really recovered, England played with ten men and a passenger after that. Southgate should have hooked him or he should have made the call himself. This wasn't a friendly.

Jesse Lingard- decent performance but with more composure could have been sensational. Should have scored at least one probably had enough good chances to get a hat-trick. Always running and always probing, didn't hide despite missing the chances.

Raheem Sterling- struggled, a few bright moments, but when England became more pedestrian in the second half he couldn't get involved enough to affect the performance. I was surprised given the Alli injury that he was subbed. I would have taken Alli off, pushed Rashford up top alongside Kane and dropped Sterling into the attacking midfielder role.

Harry Kane- strangely innocuous, except for the two goals. Typical strikers goals, good positional sense and calm finishing, he made the difference.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford- looked lively when he came on, always looked to make something happen.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek- really good cameo when he came on, added strength pace, purpose and technical ability to a flagging England performance.

Gareth Southgate- good set-up and tactics. Could have made his subs earlier and I would have brought Alli off when it became apparent he was carrying a knock.


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