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Player Ratings: Well, at least Joe Hart played in his right position

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England's Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Harry Kane and Danny Rose before the match against Portugal

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ByDan Quarrell
02/06/2016 at 20:40 | Updated 03/06/2016 at 07:01

Player ratings and analysis following England's Euro 2016 warm-up match against Portugal at Wembley with Wayne Rooney again the much-lamented star.

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Joe Hart - 6

Well at least Hart was played in the position he is accustomed to. It was a very quiet night for the Manchester City man, particularly after Bruno Alves took a boot to Harry Kane's head. A reassuringly uneventful night for England's number one.

Kyle Walker - 7

Walker and Rose gave England real pace and invention from the flanks, something which Hodgson is reliant upon with such a narrow formation and lack of width further forward. The Tottenham full-back defended with assurance and picked his moments effectively in launching attacks from his own half.

Gary Cahill - 6

Had a perfectly non-eventful evening with very little concern for the Chelsea man defensively. His partnership with Smalling appears inked in for Euro 2016 and the pair certainly weren't troubled by 10-man Portugal at any stage.

Chris Smalling - 7

Leicester City legend Steve Guppy clearly felt Smalling was positionally atrocious, but he was certainly well placed for his clinical headed finish. It's hard to be overly critical of the Manchester United defender given that he was rarely troubled in a very quiet evening for the entire England defence. Hodgson is unlikely to waver from his thinking as a result of this match in terms of his central-defensive pairing.

Chris Smalling, second from left, scores England's winner against Portugal

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Danny Rose - 7

Many felt Rose was the man of the match and, along with Walker, the Tottenham full-back gave England real dynamism on the left flank, overlapping effectively and getting threatening deliveries into the box. Hodgson will need both Rose and Walker to show impeccable judgement in providing width at the right times.

Eric Dier - 7

Looked incredibly comfortable protecting the England back four and was rarely tested with a paucity of attacking runs from Portugal's 10 men. Cahill and Smalling certainly benefited from Dier's reassuring presence at the base of the midfield, so too did Walker and Rose when bombing on to provide the hosts valuable width.

Dele Alli - 6

Provided energy and dynamism in midfield but rarely managed to make his presence felt in the final third, ensuring that his impact was hardly felt from an attacking perspective. Can he function effectively in the same space as Rooney? Hodgson may be compromising the opportunities given to one of his most exciting and in-form players.

James Milner - 6

What other rating can you give James 'six out of 10' Milner? Reliably solid, of course, and helped to balance the diamond in midfield while giving Dier assistance in a deeper role. A perennial Hodgson favourite: nothing learned; nothing new.

Jamie Vardy - 5

Worked tirelessly but did not look at all at home stuck outwide, having to constantly drift to the left flank while Rooney assumed a more central position alongside him. Surely Vardy has to be played in his correct position, otherwise he is going to cut a very frustrated figure in France.

Wayne Rooney - 6

His propensity to slow down the play infuriated many at Wembley, but he did at least get in the positions to squander two clear-cut chances in front of goal. His place in Hodgson's starting XI this summer is more an issue in terms of the balance of the team than his individual performances. Will remain the big talking point ahead of England's opening game in France.

Wayne Rooney in possession for England against Portugal at Wembley

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Harry Kane - 6

Another victim of Rooney assuming a central position in attack, Kane spent most of the match having to drift out to the right flank. Oh, and he is still taking corners - and very bad ones at that - instead of taking up a threatening position in the box. Must be used more effectively as a centre forward.



Raheem Sterling - 7

Delivered a delicious cross for Smalling's headed goal and provided a real spark after coming on. The width that he is able to give Hodgson could be extremely valuable given how lacking it is when he is not on the field.

Daniel Sturridge - 5

Was unable to make a real impact. Sturridge was gifted one clear-cut opportunity in front of goal but he responded with a sluggish turn and finish.

Jack Wilshere - 6

Buzzed around enthusiastically but was perhaps unfortunate not to have been given longer on the field to prove his match sharpness having played so little this season. Did not give Hodgson anything much to think about but will be relying on impressing in training now if he is to push for a starting spot.

Jordan Henderson - 6

Came on to the field very late on, left the field at full-time. That's all.

Adam Lallana - 6

Not afforded long to make an impact but did at least whip over two threatening crosses from the right which were not capitalised upon. Another likely squad player for Hodgson but will be unlikely to force a starting spot.


Rui Patricio 6, Vieirinha 7, Bruno Alves 2 (he got sent off in a friendly!), Ricardo Carvalho 7, Eliseu 6, Joao Moutinho 6, Danilo 7, Nani 5, Adrien Silva 6, Rafa Silva 6, Joao Eduardo 6.

Subs: Andre Gomes 7, Ricardo Quaresma 6, Renato Sanches 6, William Carvalho 6, Jose Fonte 6.

Portugal's Bruno Alves fouls England's Harry Kane before being sent off

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