PLAYER REVIEWS: Saka capped impressive display with England’s first goal, but Kane had a quiet night
PLAYER REVIEWS: Bukayo Saka topped impressive display with his first England goal, Jack Grealish showed his quality despite rough tactics but Harry Kane had a quiet night
Bukayo Saka got England’s Euro 2020 prep off to a winning start against Austria, but all eyes will be on Trent Alexander-Arnold after his late injury.
Having narrowed his preliminary roster of 33 men to 26 on the eve of Wednesday’s friendly match, Gareth Southgate’s side came out victorious when they played in front of fans for the first time in 18 months.
Saka’s first international goal was the difference in England’s 1-0 win against Austria, but the main talking point after the game will be Alexander-Arnold stumbling late into Middlesbrough.
Sportsmails Sami Mokbel assessed the players on Wednesday evening.
Bukayo Saka capped off a fine move with a slanted finish for his first England goal in the 56th minute
Jordan Pickford – Has shown more than once why his distribution has become such an important asset for England. 6.5
Trent Alexander-Arnold – He showed glimpses of his undeniable skills, but still tries to replicate his Liverpool performance in an England shirt. 6.5
Conor Coady – Will be sure to start the opening game of the European Championship of England if Harry Maguire doesn’t make it. Eased by this game. 6.5
Tyrone Mings – Was lucky that the referee missed his clear body check on Kalajdzic in the penalty area. As clear a penalty as you can find. 6
Kieran Trippier showed his versatility at left back against Austria on Wednesday evening
Kieran Trippier – Showed his versatility playing as a left back and looked very comfortable. No wonder he’s one of Southgate’s favourites. 6.5
Jude Bellingham – A few moments of indiscipline in the beginning but gradually the game grew. Completely comfortable at this level. 7
Declan Rice – Had to stay disciplined as midfielder Bellingham ventured forward. Will be key for England in the coming weeks. 6.5
Jesse Lingard – Shook off the disappointment of missing out on the final roster to play a part in England’s opening game. 6.5
Midfielder Declan Rice will be key for England at Euro this summer
Jack Grealish: The Austrians tried to kick him, but Aston Villa’s man was unimpressed. Another promising performance from England. 7
Bukayo Saka – Focused on rough treatment but kept coming back for more. A dangerous threat and scored his first England goal. 7.5
Harry Kane – Lost a good chance in the first half. No goals – hopefully she’s saving them for the tournament. 6
Harry Kane lost a first-half chance on a quiet night for the England captain
Subscribers: Calvert-Lewin 6 booked (Kane 61); Watkins 6 (Lingard 61); Godfrey 5.5 (Mings 61); Ward-Prowse 6 (Rice 61); White (Gray 71)
Subs not used: Johnstone, Ramsdale, Henderson, Phillips, Sancho.
Gareth Southgate: Will have found it difficult to judge his team with so many players missing but lack of creativity is a concern. 6.5
Bachmann 6; Dragovich 6, Hinteregger 6, Friedl 6; Lainer 6 (Trimmel 81), (Grillitsch 62), Bautgartner 6 (Schaub 62), Lainer 6, X Schlager 6 (Baumgartlinger 81), Alaba 6.5 (Schopf 72); Sabitzer 6.5, Kalajdzic 6 (Gregoritsch 72).
Subscribers: A Schlager, Pervan, Ulmer, Posch, Ilsanker, Lienhart, Schaub.
Booked: Schlager, Lainer, Hinteregger
Referee: Lawrence Vissel – He had to wave the yellow more than he would have liked as the Austrians resorted to rough home tactics. 6.5