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Bellingham Gets 7, Kane With 6.5 | England Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs France

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

England faced off against France at the Al Bayt Stadium earlier today as they looked to secure a victory in the quarterfinal stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Three Lions made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 17th minute when Aurelien Tchouameni found the back of the net. Gareth Southgate’s men struggled to come up with a response and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot in the 54th minute. However, the English players conceded their second goal in the 78th minute when Olivier Giroud registered his name on the scoresheet for France. Kane missed a penalty soon after as the Three Lions crashed to a 2-1 loss in Qatar which knocked them out of the World Cup.

Let’s find out how each England player fared during the contest against Les Bleus.

GK: Jordan Pickford – 6/10

The English keeper made a few decent saves at the back but ended up conceding two goals during the game.

RB: Kyle Walker – 6.5/10

He was solid at the back and made one good chance in the final third.

CB: John Stones – 6.5/10

Stones looked vulnerable inside his half at times but was good on the ball.

CB: Harry Maguire – 7/10

Maguire won his fair share of aerial duels and cleared the danger when needed.


LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10

Shaw had some good moments in both halves but struggled to make a difference down the left flank.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

He engineered some inviting chances for his teammates to score. Henderson ran out of gas and was replaced in the 78th minute.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

Rice anchored the midfield relatively well but lacked quality in the final third.

CM: Jude Bellingham – 7/10

Bellingham caught the eye at both ends of the field. However, there was no goal for him today.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 7/10

He caused a few problems for the opposition defenders but failed to find the back of the net.

ST: Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane kept his calm from the penalty spot the first time. However, he missed his second penalty late in the game which ended up dumping England out of the World Cup.

LW: Phil Foden – 7/10

Foden showed some flashes of what he is capable of but struggled to register a goal.


CAM: Mason Mount – 6/10

He added some energy to Southgate’s attack.

RW: Raheem Sterling – 6/10

Sterling was slow to build plays when on the ball.

ST: Marcus Rashford – N/A

He failed to find the back of the net.

LW: Jack Grealish – N/A

Grealish was Southgate’s last throw of the dice.

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