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England player ratings as Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford star in historic World Cup quarter-final win


Delirium as England open the scoring in Samara. (Getty Images)

England marched into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years after goals in either half downed Sweden in Samara.

Harry Maguire headed home on the half-hour from an Ashley Young corner to give Gareth Southgate’s side the lead.

Jordan Pickford produced a fine save to deny Marcus Berg early in the second half and England doubled their advantage when Dele Alli met Jesse Lingard’s cross.

Viktor Claesson and Berg again were kept out by two remarkable Pickford saves, as a last four berth was secured, via a 2-0 success, against either Croatia or hosts Russia.

Jordan Pickford – 9

Had a watching brief for long periods but produced fine saves to twice keep out Marcus Berg and Viktor Claesson to etch his name deeper in English football folklore.

Kyle Walker – 6

Helped the Three Lions keep their first clean sheet of the tournament with an assured display at the back. Has done well to shelve his attacking instincts.

John Stones – 6

Finally delivering after his big-billing at Everton. Almost plays a sweeper role in the England defence and is consummate in possession. Barnsley’s own delivering on the world stage.

Maguire towered to give England a first half lead. (Getty Images)

Harry Maguire – 9

Headed home magnificently in the first half and was again comfortable in possession at the back. Emerging as the breakout star of this tournament.

Kieran Trippier – 8

Reaffirmed his status as the best right-back in Russia with a fine display which defies the £3.5m Tottenham paid for him. Remains an effective outlet on the right.

Ashley Young – 7

Overshadowed by those around him in an attacking guise though his corner did lead to the crucial Maguire opener. Mr Dependable at left wing-back.

Jordan Henderson – 8

Produced another lung-busting performance in midfield. Has recovered well from his missed penalty against Colombia and lays the platform for every England attack.

Alli’s header cemented England’s lead. (Getty Images)

Jesse Lingard – 5

Not his most effective or spectacular performance but the Manchester United man set-up Alli’s header with a fine back-post cross to give England breathing space.

Dele Alli – 7

Was yet to find his feet at this World Cup before nodding home in the second half. Looks fully fit after his injury problems and the goal could kick-start his tournament.

Raheem Sterling – 8

A constant threat throughout but decision-making points to a lack of self-confidence. Should have scored in the first half but produced his most encouraging performance of the summer.

Harry Kane – 6

Had probably his quietest day in an England shirt and had only one chance to add to his six World Cup goals, which he skewed wide.

Pickford made a crucial save to deny Berg. (Getty Images)

Substitutes

Fabian Delph – 6

Eric Dier – 5

Marcus Rashford – 6





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