England v Switzerland player ratings: Conor Gallagher eye-catching with lively Kyle Walker-Peters on debut

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England started 2022 by coming from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, as Harry Kane closed in on Wayne Rooney’s all-time record with the winner from a penalty.

The Three Lions’ first match of a World Cup year got off to a bad start when Breel Embolo took the visitors’ lead after 22 minutes.

Luke Shaw equalized on the stroke of half with a firm shot and Kane won it from 12 yards out after Steven Zuber was deemed to have managed Marc Guehi’s cross following a VAR check.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Wembley to rate the England players…

Jordan Pickford 7

Made three eye-catching saves to keep England on the game in the first half, although for two he pushed the ball away in a dangerous area.

Ben white 6

Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross escaped him for the Swiss goal in a difficult moment. Showed his versatility playing the last 30 minutes at right-back, advancing well.

Connor Coady 7

The senior center half of the day commanded the defense well in an imposing defense. Keep it simple with the ball.

Marc Guehi 7

An attacking threat from set pieces, and won the penalty when his header was manipulated by Zuber. Grew up in the game and didn’t seem out of place.

Kyle Walker-Peters 7

Lively and confident at first. Well advanced, hitting the post in the first half and regaining possession of Shaw’s goal.

Jordan Henderson 6

Solid but unspectacular in the middle of the park. Kept the ball moving but offered little to go forward.

Conor Gallagher 8

Involved in all of England’s best moments in an eye-catching display. Assisted Shaw’s goal with a cut and created a great chance for Kane in the second half.

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Luke Shaw 7

Scored with a clean finish near the post, reminiscent of his goal against Italy, to slide England level.

Mason Mount 5

Quiet. His most notable contribution was clearing Shaw’s strike for the goal and a second-half corner, headed by Guehi.

Phil Foden 7

England’s best moments in the first half came when they got past Kane. He was lively but not at his best.

Harry Kane 7

Scored an unstoppable penalty to close in on Wayne Rooney’s record, but otherwise silent by his standards. Missed his only open play chance, with Jonas Omlin saving 1v1.

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Declan Rice (Gallagher 61′) 6

Protected the defense and kept the ball well in a calm run.

Jack Grealish (Mount 61′) 7

Added a spark to England’s attack and his corner kick led to the penalty incident.

Raheem Sterling (Walker-Peters 61′) 7

Created a chance for Coady with a nice cross and changed the game well a few times.

Tyrick Mitchell (Shaw 61′) 6

Solid beginnings. With England moving to a back-four, he didn’t have the same license to advance as Shaw or Walker-Peters.

Jude Bellingham (Foden 78′) 7

Looked calm and confident on the ball, as usual.

Ollie Watkins (Kane 88′) N/A

Late cameo for Kane.

Not used: Pope, Forster, Maguire, Mings, Ward-Prowse.


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