England ratings: Sterling stuns with sensational performance against Kosovo but Keane endures a night to forget – The Sun

England ratings: Sterling stuns with sensational performance against Kosovo but Keane endures a night to forget – The Sun

ENGLAND made it four wins from four in qualifying – and 43 unbeaten – after beating Kosovo 5-3 in an entertaining game at St Mary's.

The Three Lions went behind less than a minute into the game after a gaffe by Michael Keane but came charging back with Raheem Sterling rallying Gareth Southgate's team.

Sterling scored an equaliser before laying on another THREE goals as England went into the break 5-1 up.

But the shocking defending was not done yet, with Declan Rice giving the ball away in the build-up to Kosovo's second before Harry Maguire's sloppily gave away a penalty.

There was even time for Harry Kane to miss a rare penalty on an action-packed night on the South Coast.

SunSport's Charlie Wyett rates and slates Southgate's men at St Mary's…

Jordan Pickford – 6

The Everton keeper will not want to remember purely this night because he conceded three goals – but you could not really blame him for any. He was completely exposed for the first-minute goal and he got his hand to Muriqi’s penalty.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Only his seventh cap and there will be many more to come – but he must improve on parts of his defending. Right-back is a position which sees Southgate spoilt for choice and Alexander-Arnold should definitely be in the squad.

Michael Keane – 5

An absolute shocker at the start. It was really poor defending and he should not have been surprised Kosovo scored – but at least he played a part in the equaliser. Joe Gomez has not started much for Liverpool but he should have played instead.

Harry Maguire – 6

Blotted his copybook was a clumsy challenge on Vedat Muriqi which gave the visitors their third goal. Until then, Maguire was England’s most solid defender so this mistake was out of character.

Ben Chilwell – 6

Hit and miss. Seems to be Southgate’s preferred player at left-back ahead of Danny Rose but was caught out on a few occasions. His crossing was not always accurate and this is a night that Chilwell will learn from.

Declan Rice – 6

Strong and commanding in the first half but will be disappointed at the way he lost possession at the start of the second half which led to Kosovo’s second goal. But the partnership with Henderson will continue to flourish.

Jordan Henderson – 6

A nasty pass to Michael Keane at the start and will feel he could have done better ahead of Kosovo’s second goal even though a defender should have been covering. The Liverpool skipper has high standards and he will have been disappointed with the second half.

Raheem Sterling – 9

Outstanding and unplayable in the first half. Does not score many headers but made no mistake for the equaliser but he did incredibly well to create the second, fourth goal and fifth goals.

Ross Barkley – 7

Has become a key player for Southgate. Worked hard enough and won the 63rd minute penalty after a brilliant run. While all the talk is about England’s front three, the Chelsea midfielder remains an important cog in this team, particularly offensively

Jadon Sancho – 8

Will never forget this night for the rest of his career.

Took a while to get into the game but grew with confidence and delivered the cross which Mergim Vojvoda turned into his net before scoring twice. He has to start all of England’s future games.

Harry Kane – 7

The England captain misses a penalty – a sentence you would not expect to read. Decent finish for international goal number 26 and was almost a bystander as the goals flew in and both ends. But he will be angry with that miss.

Subs not used

Heaton, Pope, Trippier, Rose, Gomez, Mings, Winks, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Maddison, Wilson.


Muric 4, Vojvoda 5, Rrahmani 4, Aliti 4, Hadergjonaj 5, Voca 5 (Rashkaj 59 mins 5), Halimi 5, Muslija 6 (Pagarada 46 mins 5), Celina 5, Berisha 7, Muriqi 7.

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