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ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Which 4/10 marquee player was ‘irritable and pedestrian’? Who is the star from the past who is lucky to still be part of the team? And what about the top scorer in a bad group on 7/10?

England ended their Euro 2024 group stage campaign not with a bang, but with a whimper in their 0-0 draw against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

With the other Group C match – Denmark’s clash against Serbia – also ending goalless, Gareth Southgate’s side will finish top of the table, but the head coach will have plenty to worry about. to think about as the team prepares for their round of 16.

Bukayo Saka found the back of the net midway through the first half, but the effort was canceled out by VAR, and none of his teammates were able to improve on their efforts as it went on as the match progressed.

The second half saw Conor Gallagher swapped for Kobbie Mainoo and another positive start, but ultimately neither team was able to break the deadlock.

Here, Craig Hope leads England’s individuals – and assesses who fared best on a difficult evening in Germany.

ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Which 4/10 marquee player was ‘irritable and pedestrian’?  Who is the star from the past who is lucky to still be part of the team?  And what about the top scorer in a bad group on 7/10?

England may have dominated their group, but the final whistle sounded on a sobering group stage.

Some players looked anonymous as England failed to find the back of the net against Slovenia.

Some players looked anonymous as England failed to find the back of the net against Slovenia.

Gareth Southgate will have plenty to think about as he prepares for the last 16 this week

Gareth Southgate will have plenty to think about as he prepares for the last 16 this week

ENGLAND (4-1-4-1)

Jordan Pickford 6

He was largely a spectator, but he cannot take pleasure in looking at what is in front of him. Routine procedures were carried out with minimal noise and another clean sheet. This team’s problems lie elsewhere. Does he want to play on the left?!

Backups: 1

Passes: 23

Distance traveled: 3.7 miles

Kyle Walker5

Was sloppy with the ball at times and wasted a brilliant opportunity to cross or shoot by clipping a Kane ball straight out of play inside the area. With everything moving so slowly, England need their pace to disrupt the opposition, and that just hasn’t happened.

Passes: 87

Tackles: 1

Distance traveled: 6.1 miles

John Stones 5.5

I pushed one into the stands early on, then poorly controlled another out of play. He also didn’t get into midfield to get the ball, but when everything is so heavy in front of him, it’s difficult. They performed well defensively, even though they weren’t tested much.

Passes: 86

Tackles: 0

Distance traveled: 5.8 miles

Marc Guéhi 6

Among those who gifted the ball to Slovenia in a shaky start, but handled Sesko well afterwards and it was another solid display until an error which would have left Slovenia without their subsequent fault, for which he was warned. He did well here, but there is still a mistake in him, you feel.

Passes: 100

Tackles: 0

Distance traveled: 5.9 miles

Kieran Trippier has provided a few crosses but still looks far from perfect at left back for the team

Kieran Trippier has provided a few crosses but still looks far from perfect at left back for the team

Marc Guehi almost gave Slovenia a simple attack, but it turned into a solid performance

Marc Guehi almost offered Slovenia a direct attack, but it turned into a solid performance

Kieran Trippier 6

He played a few teasing crosses that deserved more and at least posed some threat. He had to manage his game after the first half yellow and he did it very well. It’s not ideal for him to be a left-back, but he makes the most of a poor job.

Passes: 94

Tackles: 0

Distance traveled: 5.9 miles

Declan Rice 5.5

Some good, some bad. He certainly gave his all and tried to push England forward in the second half, but it was another performance unrecognizable compared to what he produces for Arsenal. His frustration was evident late as he looked skyward.

Passes: 52

Hits: 1

Distance traveled: 6.8 miles

Bukayo Saka 4.5

He is not involved enough and there is always suspicion that he is not in great shape. This version of Saka is not the England star of previous tournaments. He did well to stay in the team and his withdrawal in the 71st minute was long overdue. Followed by a familiar pattern of disappearing quickly in games.

Passes: 33

Hits: 0

Distance traveled: 4.9 miles

Conor Gallagher5

Brutally hung up at halftime. He hadn’t been great, but that seemed harsh, given he was the only change Southgate made to the starting XI. Failed to connect with his header on Trippier’s glorious cross that would have been a goal and ran in offering nothing by trickery, but we already knew that.

Passes: 17

Shots: 0

Distance traveled: 3.7 miles

Conor Gallagher (pictured centre) was brought in for Trent Alexander-Arnold but failed to dazzle in his place

Conor Gallagher (pictured centre) was brought in for Trent Alexander-Arnold but failed to dazzle in his place

Bukayo Saka thought he had found the back of the net but his goal was ruled out via VAR

Bukayo Saka thought he had found the back of the net but his goal was ruled out via VAR

Jude Bellingham may not feel as secure in Southgate's starting XI as he might have previously

Jude Bellingham may not feel as secure in Southgate’s starting XI as he might have previously

Jude Bellingham 4

He was either losing the ball or missing challenges in the first half. Where was the opening match superstar? Irritable and pedestrian, he raised his arms at one point and looked at the bench. Shifted to the left for the second half but nothing improved. His place on the team should not be guaranteed.

Passes: 49

Shots: 0

Distance traveled: 5.9 miles

Phil Foden7

Easily England’s brightest attacking spark, so why not play him where he wants – in the middle – from the start? The others weren’t on the same page with some of his one-touch passes and he was clearly frustrated with his teammates, and understandably so. England are on top on another poor night for the team.

Passes: 73

Hits: 3

Distance traveled: 6.5 miles

Harry Kane 5

Sluggish start, once again. At one point Foden asked him to be on guard after failing to read a clever pass. Shots from distance that were either blocked or easily saved. I had a better second half, but the best work was in areas other than center forward.

Passes: 12

Hits: 5

Distance traveled: 3.6 miles

Kobbie Mainoo replaced Gallagher at the start of the second half and brought some brightness to his 45 minutes.

Kobbie Mainoo replaced Gallagher at the start of the second half and brought some brightness to his 45 minutes.

Cole Palmer was another brighter spark but failed to put away one of England's best chances

Cole Palmer was another brighter spark but failed to put away one of England’s best chances

Substitutes

Kobbie Mainoo (for Gallagher 46) 6

Offered more dynamism than Gallagher and at least tried to make things happen, even if he didn’t. Enough to suggest he’s worth keeping in midfield for the next game, given his willingness to break the lines and break the tedium of the English game.

Passes: 33

Shots: 0

Distance traveled: 3.6 miles

Cole Palmer (for Saka 71) 6.5

A few cute passes shortly after his arrival, but he found himself in a difficult situation amid a largely lifeless English display. However, he did more in his 20 minutes than Bellingham managed in 90, and must now start.

Passes: 12

Hits: 1

Distance traveled: 1.6 miles

Trent-Alexander-Arnold (for Trippier 85) N/A

Came in at right back but too late to make an impact.

Passes: 6

Hits: 1

Distance traveled: 0.7 miles

Anthony Gordon (for Foden 88) N/A

Finally a few minutes of tournament play but he needs more time. A fantastic, incisive forward pass that led to chance.

Passes: 2

Shots: 0

Distance traveled: 0.4 miles

Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak was virtually undisturbed during his time between the sticks.

Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak was virtually undisturbed during his time between the sticks.

Southgate must now shake things up as England prepare to impress in their last-16 tie

Southgate must now shake things up as England prepare to impress in their last-16 tie

Manager – Gareth Southgate 4

He changed his system to a 4-1-4-1 but nothing really changed – England were predictable and pedestrian and there is no real strategy to what they do. He should have made more than one change to the starting XI and must surely now shake things up. Good players look bad on this team.

Slovenia (4-4-2): Oblak 6.5; Karnicnik 7, Drkusic 7, Bijol 7, Janza 6; Stojanovic 6.5, Cerin 6.5, Elsnik 7, Mlakar 5.5; Sesko 6 (Ilicic 75.5), Spore 5.5

Director: Matjaz Kek 6.5

Arbitrator: Clément Turpin (FRA) 7

Trippier was correctly booked for a foul in the first half and he and his team called England’s goal offside without the need for VAR. Nothing to say about the performance of the officials, even if they were helped by turgid play at times.

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