England 2 Poland 0 - TT's player ratings

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances in England's win over Poland which sealed their place at next year's World Cup finals.

Last Updated: 16/10/13 at 08:37 Post Comment

England: How did you rate the individual displays?

England: How did you rate the individual displays?

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JOE HART: Brilliant stop to deny Poland striker Robert Lewandowski an equaliser. Was thankful the other Polish opportunities were off target - 8.

CHRIS SMALLING: Nervous opening almost proved very costly. Settled to his task well and nearly touched home Steven Gerrard's free-kick - 7.

LEIGHTON BAINES: Brilliant cross for Wayne Rooney's goal. Not absolutely perfect defensively but that moment made up for it - 8.

STEVEN GERRARD: Used all his experience in the early bedlam to keep England calm and then scored the goal to ensure victory - 8.

GARY CAHILL: Major tussle with Lewandowski and just about edged it. Came close to scoring in second-half - 7.

PHIL JAGIELKA: Steady as she goes from Everton man, who is looking increasingly at ease in the international arena - 7.

ANDROS TOWNSEND: Lost his man as Poland created their best chance but thunderous shot against bar. Built on dazzling debut well - 7.

MICHAEL CARRICK: Brought in to retain possession and did just that to help set up Rooney's goal. Surprisingly withdrawn - 7.

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Does not always do the right thing but young enough to learn. Nearly wrapped it up at the end - 7.

WAYNE ROONEY: Goal number 38 and nine in 10 games for the Manchester United man. Now is the time for big performance at major tournament - 9.

DANNY WELBECK: Menace around the box but did not have his shooting boots on this time - 7.

SUBSTITUTES

FRANK LAMPARD (for Carrick, 70): Just getting to pace of game when booked - 6.

JAMES MILNER (for Townsend, 86): Not enough time to make an impression - 6.

POLAND

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY: Arsenal goalkeeper could do little about Rooney's header, but had earlier saved well from both Townsend and Welbeck. Made acrobatic stop in second half to deny Rooney and also Sturridge - 8.

GRZEGORZ WOJTKOWIAK: The 1860 Munich full-back was given a testing night by the drive of Townsend and did well not to be drawn out of position more - 6.

ARTUR JEDRZEJCZYK: Defender who plays for Krasnodar in Russia was kept busy by an industrous display from Strurridge and also had to drop deep to keep an eye on Rooney - 6.

KAMIL GLIK: Torino centre-half was another who had his work cut out as England pressed, particulary in the second half, when Rooney came into the match more - 6.

PIOTR CELEBAN: Had to face up to the challenge of Welbeck, who was a different proposition from those usually faced when playing for Vaslui in Romania - 6.

JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI: Poland captain and Borussia Dortmund midfielder provided a good link up for what was a lively counter-attack. Lovely step-over helped set up best chance for Lewandowski - 7.

ADRIAN MIERZEJEWSKI: Trabzonspor midfielder tried to match Carrick in the middle, but that restricted his attacking threat - 6.

GRZEGORZ KRYCHOWIAK: Reims midfielder looked to double up on Baines, but more often than not drew the foul and nearly scored an own goal in the second half - 6.

WALDEMAR SOBOTA: Outcome could have been so different had the Club Brugge midfielder slotted home an early chance instead of rippling the side-netting. When he did get the ball the right side of the posts, his effort was ruled offside, just - 7.

MARIUSZ LEWANDOWSKI: Veteran defensive midfielder, who now plys his trade in the Ukraine with Sevastopol, did not have much of an impact and was no surprise to see him replaced at half-time - 6.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI: Dortmund forward usually dispatches chances more testing than the big one which came his way at Wembley. Never really recovered to present much of a threat in the final third - 5.

SUBSTITUTES

MATEUSZ KLICH (for M Lewandowski, 46): Zwolle midfielder, 23, brought some more energey to Poland's midfield in the second half - 6.

SLAWOMIR PESZKO (for Sobota, 64): Former on-loan Wolves man offered Poland some width down the left as they looked to mount a fightback - 6.

PIOTR ZIELINSKI (for Mierzejewski, 75): Little time for the Udinese 19-year-old to make a major impact - 6.

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