England made it two wins from two in their Euro 2020 Qualifying group after coming from behind to win 5-1 away at Montenegro. After an opening exchange of few chances, Montenegro took a shock lead in the 17th minute when Marko Vesovic capitalised on a Michael Keane mistake by taking the ball past him, and curling a lovely finish past Jordan Pickford. However, Keane made amends in the 30th minute by getting on the end of a Ross Barkley cross with a header. Callum Hudson-Odoi chipped in with an assist on his first England start after a curling low drive was tapped in by Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley from close range. Barkley grabbed his second of the game just before the hour with another finish inside the penalty area after the Montenegro defence failed to deal with Raheem Sterling’s cross. England Captain Harry Kane scored England’s fourth with just under 20 minutes remaining after a fast counter attack allowed Sterling to calmly pass the ball along the penalty box for Kane to slot past the Montenegro keeper. Sterling then added to the scoreline on the 81st minute after being played through by Henderson and the Manchester City man managed to compose himself to slot the ball through the keepers legs. Here’s the player ratings from tonight’s victory:
Jordan Pickford - 6
Not much he could do about Montenegro’s goal, but wasn’t really tested afterwards.
Kyle Walker - 6
Didn’t really do much attacking-wise, but was reliable when called upon in defence.
Michael Keane - 6
Made amends with his error by nodding in the equaliser. Had a fairly quiet second half due to England’s dominance going forward.
Harry Maguire - 6
Gave away the ball a few times, but was comfortable in defence and a constant threat from set pieces especially in the first half.
Danny Rose - 6
Made a number of threatening runs out wide without any real end product. Reliable like Walker when called upon defensively.
Declan Rice - 7
Looked a little nervy at times giving the ball away in the opening stages, but became more comfortable as the game went on.
Ross Barkley - 8
Two goals and an assist for the Chelsea midfielder in what was simply his best performance in an England shirt.
Dele Alli - 5
Don’t recall him doing anything significant before being subbed off in the 63rd minute.
Callum Hudson-Odoi - 7
Started slow but grew into the game and whether the assist was intentional or not, that’s something he can take from his first England start. His second half performance in particular was a delight to watch.
Harry Kane - 6
Very quiet performance by his standard and didn’t have a single shot on goal before scoring England’s fourth.
Raheem Sterling - 7
Missed a few close range chances, and did well to hold the ball in the build up to Barkley’s second as well as scoring yet another goal himself late on.
Sub - Jordan Henderson - 7
Came on for Alli just after the hour mark and played a fine through ball for Sterling’s goal.
Sub - James Ward-Prowse - 5
Didn’t realise that he actually came on after England’s fifth goal. Not enough time for him to make a mark on a game that was already over.
Sub - Callum Wilson - 5
Much like Ward-Prowse, he wasn’t given enough time to have an impact on the game.