The English national team reached only their second ever European Championship semi-finals, whilst Gareth Southgate guided them to his second successive semi-final in a major tournament. With fans restricted from supporting their team abroad, England offered a home team style performance - ‘When in Rome’, eh?
Jordan Pickford: 7/10
The Everton keeper kept his fifth successive clean sheet of the tournament, becoming the first ever goalkeeper to reach the semi-finals without conceding a goal. An impressive feat showcased with the assistance of his quick decision making and stature in goal. The goalkeeper was quick off his line in order to clear any impending danger whilst reducing pressure on his goal through his long kicks; without taking unnecessary touches on the ball and moving it up the pitch with efficiency.
Kyle Walker: 7/10
The Manchester City full-back found himself able to neglect his defensive responsibilities due to the ineffectiveness of the Ukraine attack, with his only defensive action evolving into an undercut back pass in which led to an opposition shot on goal.
John Stones: 7/10
Having been the only defender amongst the England team to have started every game to date, the Manchester City defender found himself in regular territory, lining up alongside domestic teammate, Kyle Walker. The pair’s chemistry was evident as they interchanged sixteen passes between each other, using their experience of playing together to retain possession effectively. The defender had a 100% success rate with both his ground duels and aerial duels.
Harry Maguire: 8/10
The Manchester United defender also found himself lining up alongside domestic teammate, Luke Shaw, helping to keep a settled structure and denying Ukraine possession in the attacking third of the pitch. However, it was unfamiliar territory that mattered as the centre-back became the second Harry to join the score sheet after Harry Kane cemented his team’s lead.
Luke Shaw: 8/10
Rounding off a defense made up of only Manchester based clubs, the left-back spent over forty-eight minutes of proceedings in the opposition half of the pitch before being substituted with just a quarter of an hour to play. Shaw added an attacking emphasis with two assists as the opposition failed to nullify his dangerous crosses even after he had supplied both assists, with the defender successfully completing five crosses.
Declan Rice: 7/10
Having completed just shy of an hour’s action, the midfielder’s calmness in possession shone through, aiding his team in moving the ball into the attacking third of the pitch efficiently.
Kalvin Phillips: 6/10
With only twenty-nine touches of the ball, England’s system failed to accommodate the Leeds midfielder’s style. England often played a high ball into the attacking third, meaning the midfield would often find itself neglected in attack as both midfielders chose not to venture forward. However, in the rare occasion Phillips found possession at his feet, he moved the ball quickly, transitioning play to good effect.
Mason Mount: 5/10
After a period of self-isolation, the Chelsea midfielder found himself recalled to the team, looking to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships for only the second time in their history. The midfielder struggled to effect play as England prioritized play down the side and due to Ukraine having a larger number of players in midfield, subsequently nullified Mount’s qualities.
Jadon Sancho: 7/10
With the former Borussia Dortmund winger finalizing his well sought-after move to Manchester United in the week, he was handed his first start of the tournament. In return, he provided an impressive performance, showcasing his nimble footwork and agility — completing a total of sixty touches on the ball and maintaining a pass accuracy of 93%.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
Having scored the vast majority of England’s goals throughout the tournament so far, it was a case of scorer turned provider for the Manchester City attacker as he handed Kane the opportunity to put his team ahead with just two minutes on the clock, which was taken with aplomb.
Harry Kane: 8/10
Having scored his first goal of the tournament in the previous encounter, the Tottenham forward continued his goal scoring form, tripling his overall tally for the tournament with two well taken goals.