Gomes (8) – Only one world class save needed from him today. Best chant – “Gomes for England”.
Kaboul (5) – He’s not a full back basically. Beaten regularly by Zhirkov and Malouda and at one point appeared to be given defending advice by Bentley.
Assou-Ekotto (8) – Had a day where everything came off for him. Was targeted by Drogba in the second half and remained untroubled. Some lovely snappy accurate passing.
Dawson (9) – He can’t fail to have impressed the watching Capello, especially given Terry’s discomfort in the same game.
Bassong (8) – Excellent alongside Dawson. Carried the ball out of defence nicely a few times.
Bentley (7) – Very disciplined defensively. Too slow to take advantage of some good attacking positions and his corners and free kicks were a mixed bag.
Modric (9) – A superb display of skill and awareness.Â Some lovely passes into space for the front players.
Huddlestone (8) – Worked non-stop and formed an effective midfield barrier/partnership with ModricÂ especially given that they were outnumbered again.
Bale (9) – A fantastically energetic and powerful performance. Great goal, should’ve had at least one more perhaps.
Pavlyuchenko (8) – Led the line really well. Always available to receive the ball and skilfully make use of it. Should’ve scored a couple of times.
Defoe (7) – Not over his injury yet, nowhere near his sharpest. His miss shortly after the break that would have put us three up was a bad one. Great penalty.
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