ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Jesse Lingard was a constant threat on his return against San Marino


ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Jesse Lingard was a constant threat on his return to the side and Ben Chilwell showed his creative quality

  • England coasted past San Marino with comfortable 5-0 win over minnows 
  • Gareth Southgate will have been impressed by a number of his players 
  • Jesse Lingard and Ben Chilwell were among the key performers on Thursday

England coasted past San Marino, as expected, with a number of players seizing their chance to impress Gareth Southgate. 

Jesse Lingard was a constant menace against the lowest ranked side in world football and Ben Chilwell also starred. 

Here, Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel gives his player ratings from the World Cup qualifier. 

England cruised past San Marino in their first World Cup qualifier for Qatar

England cruised past San Marino in their first World Cup qualifier for Qatar 

ENGLAND (433)

Nick Pope – Had just three touches of the ball in the first half such was England’s dominance. Albania and Poland will be tougher outings. 5

Reece James – Produced some beautiful crosses into the box from the right flank. So comfortable on this stage. 7.5

Conor Coady – Had very little defending to do but that didn’t prevent the Wolves defender from being the loudest on the pitch. 7

John Stones – A comfortable return to international football for the central defender. Bigger tests are on the horizon. 7

Ben Chilwell – Plenty of joy down England’s left. Set up England’s opener and continued to create chances for his team. 8

Ben Chilwell showed his creative prowess and England had chances from his flank

Ben Chilwell showed his creative prowess and England had chances from his flank

James Ward-Prowse – A day the Southampton skipper will never forget, taking his first international goal with aplomb. 7.5

Mason Mount – Tantamount to a training exercise for the Chelsea midfielder. Fully involved as England laid siege to San Marino’s goal. 7.5

Kalvin Phillips – The most defensive minded of England’s three was efficient in the engine room. Tided up effectively when it was necessary. 7

Jesse Lingard – A constant threat on his return to England action. Looks to be thoroughly enjoying his football at the moment. It showed. 8.5

Jesse Lingard impressed on his return to the side and was a constant threat for the side

Jesse Lingard impressed on his return to the side and was a constant threat for the side

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Squandered a couple of early chances but still managed to notch a brace to take is England tally to four. 8

Raheem Sterling – Captained the team and terrified San Marino with his incisiveness – and got on the scoresheet for good measure. 7

Subs: Mings 6.5 booked (Stones 46), Foden 7 (Sterling 46), Bellingham 7 (Mount 46), Trippier 6.5 (James 46); Watkins 7 (Calvert-Lewin 63).

Subs not used: Henderson, Johnstone, Kane, Dier, Shaw, Rice, Maguire

Gareth Southgate: Not much to read into this victory – but job done for the England manager. On to Albania on Sunday. 7

MOM – Lingard 

SAN MARINO PLAYER RATINGS:

San Marino (442): Elia Benedettini 8; Manuel Battisini 5, Brolli 5, Rossi 5, Grandoni 5 (Ceccaroli 55, 5); Hirsch 5 (Mularoni 55, 5), Lunadei 5 (Giardi 79), Golinucci 5 (Michael Battisini 71), Palazzi 5; Berardi 5 (D’Addario 79), Nicola Nanni 5. Subs: Stimac, Simone Benedettini, , Zafferani, Conti, Fabri, Luca Nanni, Zonzini.

Varrella: 5

Referee – Kirill Levnikov (RUS) – A quiet night for the Russian official as England took the sting out of the game. 

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