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England Player Ratings: Montenegro

England took one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World cup in Brazil with an impressive display against Montenegro. Here we run through each players performance and rate them out of 10.

Michael Steele

Joe Hart - Goalkeeper (Man City) - 7

Hart was mainly a spectator for the majority of this game. However after having a dip in form and being questioned by numerous media outlets, he put in a good solid performance. There really wasn't anything he could do for the goal, but he did pull off a very smart save diving to his left to parry Dejan Damjanovic's header.

Kyle Walker - Right Back (Tottenham) - 7

It was mainly a good night for Walker as he linked up well with Townsend down the right hand side. His extra pace ensured England could commit players forward. Was never beaten and got football to put some balls into the box. Only stain on the night was the yellow card that will rule him out against Poland.

Gary Cahill - Centre Back (Chelsea) - 7

Didn't really have to do too much on the night as England spent most of their time in the Montenegro half, but he looked composed on the ball and won a lot of headers in the air. Looks to be developing a nice partnership with Jagielka at the back,

Phil Jagielka - Centre Back (Everton) - 7

Similar to Cahill, he wasn't troubled often but when he was he was solid in his defending. The pair may be troubled by Poland's Lewandowski who has a little pace and a finishers touch, but they did what they had to do on Friday night.

Leighton Baines - Left Back (Everton) - 8

I thought Leighton had a fantastic night at the back, but it was his willingness to get forward that really game England something special. His hard work created a great chance for Welbeck in the first half and his set piece delivery allowed the more attacking minded players to fill the box,

Andros Townsend - Right Midfield (Tottenham) - 9

I haven't seen much better debut's than the one Andros delivered on Friday night. He is exactly the kind of player that England need, he is fast and direct. When he picks up the ball he is always looking to take players on. He made the keeper work several times and his goal was first class, his performance warrants man of the match and a repeat selection on Tuesday night against Poland.

Steven Gerrard - Centre Midfield (Liverpool) - 7

I thought Gerrard had quite a nice game, he has a great motor for the middle of the park and was involved in most passing moves going forward. Was unfortunate that Rooney's cut-back was slightly behind him as he deserved a goal. Forced a good save in the first half from a trademark long range effort and tracked back well.

Frank Lampard - Centre Midfield (Chelsea) - 6

I don't remember Frank doing all that much, apart from giving the ball away in a dangerous position. He was mostly quiet and innefective and was the first player substituted.

Danny Welbeck - Left Midfield (Manchester United)- 8

I love having Townsend on the right and Welbeck on the left as that gives England the pace to make things happen. Danny had an impressive game playing a part in two of the four England goals. Early he tested the keeper at the near post. However it was his saved effort that fell to Rooney to put England ahead, and then his cut-back was turned into his own net by Boskovic.

Wayne Rooney - Striker (Manchester United) - 8

Looked threatening every single minute of the game, his movement is top class and he got that important goal to settle the nerves. You can see that the combination with Sturridge is coming and Wayne remains one of the best players in this England team.

Daniel Sturridge - Striker (Liverpool) 8

Some people really gave Sturridge a hard time in the press after this game, saying his connection with Rooney wasn't there. I suggest those people watch again. They linked up on numerous occasions and Sturridge got the goal his play deserved, he was set Welbeck off down the left for our second goal and won the ball back for Townsend's goal.


Michael Carrick - Centre Midfield (Manchester United) 6

Didn't see a whole lot of the ball after he came on but looked solid in midfield breaking the play up.

Jack Wilshere - Right Midfield (Arsenal) 5

Didn't have time to do anything after replacing Townsend, barely touched the ball

James Milner - Right Midfield (Man City) 5

Please see above. No time to influence the game.