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England player ratings: Brilliant Sterling shines again


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ngland thrashed woeful Hungary 4-0 in their latest 2022 World Cup qualifier in Budapest on Thursday night.

Sections of the home crowd also pelted Sterling and England with cups and other debris after the Manchester City star opened the scoring 10 minutes after half-time, while a flare was also hurled onto the pitch.

Despite the woeful behaviour from some of the home fans, Gareth Southgate’s side remarkably and admirably kept their cool to maintain their 100 per cent start on the road to Qatar in their first match since losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties at Wembley.

James Robson rates the England players’ performances…

A virtual spectator. He will rarely have an easier game than this. When called into action, he did everything right.

Wonderful ball split the Hungary defence to give Kane a one-on-one. Never in trouble at the back.

Completely unruffled at the back with a typically classy performance – and even got his name on the scoresheet with his head.

One heart-in-mouth moment when a lapse in concentration almost saw him caught out in the first half – otherwise comfortable.

Continued where he left off at the Euros with his forwards bursts. Linked well with Grealish and Mount. His corner led to Maguire’s goal.

Reckless challenge on the edge of the box put England in trouble and also earned himself a yellow later on. But kept the pressure on by continually winning the ball. Late goal was an unexpected bonus.

England’s Player of the Year looked calm and composed as ever. Alongside Rice he totally dominated midfield.


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