Now England have played their first game against Croatia, this is our first chance to analyse the players.
A fairly nervy game for the young England side, but managed to brush the experienced Croat’s aside with relative ease.
Kalvin Phillips put in a Man Of The Match performance in his first ever competitive International Tournament, and provided the assist for Raheem Sterling to score the winning goal during the second half.
Here are my player ratings from the opening match.
Jordan Pickford – 7 – Minimal to do. Barely troubled. Good distribution.
Kieran Trippier – 5 – Playing at LB despite Shaw and Chilwell in the 26 man squad. Struggled to get into the game, and ideally needed a left footer there. Didn’t really justify his selection.
Tyrone Mings – 7 – Very solid. Looked really good in his first international tournament.
John Stones – 7 – Same as Mings, very solid and never looked threatened at all.
Kyle Walker – 5 – Very average display. Gave the ball away numerous times, and looks shaky when defending.
Declan Rice – 7 – Another who was rarely troubled. Swept up well and protected the back 4 nicely.
Kelvin Phillips – 9 – Looked really good and sharp. Popped up across the pitch and handled the occasion well. Great run and assist for the goal.
Raheem Sterling – 6 – Good positioning, struggled first half, and often lacks the end product, but took his goal nicely.
Mason Mount – 8 – Brilliant as normal. Controls the game nicely and kept Modric under wraps.
Phil Foden – 8 – Like Mount, fantastic again. Always looks threatening whenever he gets the ball.
Harry Kane – 5 – Non existent in the first half. Had a handful of touches and never really got into the game.
Jude Bellingham – 6 – Played 10 minutes, was solid and done well in the short time he had.
Marcus Rashford – 5 – Didn’t really touch the ball in the 25 minutes he had on the pitch.
Dominic Calvert Lewin – NA – Came on for the closing 2 minutes. Didn’t touch the ball.
All in all, England were in complete control. Despite a nervy feel to the team, they got the job done.
Modric showed that despite age not being on his side, he really is an outstanding talent. Croatia lack a strong front line, despite Perisic’s urges to create chances.
I’d assume that these teams will be 1st and 2nd in Group D, with England coming out on top.
Bring on Scotland!