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Sep 8, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Wembley Stadium


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Player Ratings: England 2-0 Switzerland

Sports Mole rates the performances of all the players involved during England's historic 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley.

England maintained their 100% Euro 2016 qualifying record and secured top spot in Group E courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Switzerland on a historic night at Wembley this evening.

The hosts were forced to wait until the 67th minute to make the breakthrough, with Harry Kane scoring off the bench for the second time in three days to give his side the lead.

The headlines will belong to Wayne Rooney, however, as he broke Sir Bobby Charlton's 45-year England scoring record by hammering home his 50th international goal from the penalty spot.

Here, Sports Mole looks at who stood out on a memorable night in London.

Wayne Rooney of England celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015© Getty Images



Joe Hart: Called into action on a couple of occasions, smothering the ball at the feet of Shaqiri bravely in the first half before making a smart stop at his near post after the break. His distribution was also good. (7/10)


Nathaniel Clyne: A solid enough performance from the Liverpool full-back. Didn't offer too much cutting edge going forward and was caught out on a couple of occasions defensively, but never in a costly fashion. (6/10)

Gary Cahill: Came close with an early header from a corner having been left unmarked inside the box. Was comfortable for the most part, although the Swiss movement did cause him one or two problems in the latter stages of the first half. (6/10)

Chris Smalling: Another impressive performance from the centre-back, who is fast establishing himself as England's first choice in that position. Dominant and authoritative at the back, showing pace, power and composure in a man-of-the-match display. (8/10)

Luke Shaw: As ever, was eager to get forward whenever possible and offered England a real attacking outlet down the left flank. Supplied the cut-back for Kane's goal and, while he was caught out of position now and again, that is a price worth paying for his marauding runs. (7/10)


James Milner: Had England's best chance of the first half but couldn't find a way past Sommer. Deliveries from set pieces could have been better, but in general it was a typically committed performance from the Liverpool man. (6/10)

Jonjo Shelvey: The man of the match against San Marino, but was afforded much less time on the ball tonight. Was unable to have the same impact as a result, usually being forced into playing backward passes. Still learning at this level, and this was clearly a step up from anything he has experienced on the international stage before. (5/10)

Fabian Delph: Was dealt a cruel twist of fate in the opening seconds of the clash as he pulled up with a hamstring injury that forced his withdrawal. (6/10)


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Has the pace to worry any full-back, but just needs to use it more often. Put in a few inviting crosses but was unable to have the impact Hodgson would have wanted. (6/10)

Wayne Rooney: Will be on the back pages of every newspaper in the country tomorrow morning. Created history by becoming the first Englishman to ever score a half-century of international goals, and also the first to net in seven consecutive qualifiers. Had a couple of half-chances before lashing home from the spot for arguably the highlight of his career so far. (7/10)

Raheem Sterling: It wasn't really his night on the ball, but he never shirked his defensive duties and still put in a good shift for the team. Won a rather soft penalty for his side, though, which sealed the win as well as creating history for Rooney. (6/10)


Ross Barkley: On inside the opening few minutes for the stricken Delph and saw his influence grow in the second half having failed to make much of an impact before the break. (6/10)

Harry Kane: Another sub appearance and another goal for England. Took it really well with a first-time strike into the bottom corner, giving his side the lead and setting them on their way to yet another victory. (7/10)

John Stones: Replaced Clyne at right-back for the final 20 minutes or so and put in a solid enough display. (6/10)

Wayne Rooney of England is marshalled by Fabian Schar of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015© Getty Images



Yann Sommer: Nothing he could have done about either goal, while the rest of the shots he faced were relatively straightforward. (6/10)


Stephan Lichtsteiner: Involved in a good battle with Sterling and coped with the speedster well. On the flip side, he was well marshalled by Sterling when trying to break forward himself. (6/10)

Fabian Schar: Strong and powerful up against Rooney for the most part, and confident on the ball with a couple of surging runs out from the back. (6/10)

Timm Klose: Also made one barraging run forward shortly after Kane's opener. Caught out defensively a few times but generally put in a decent performance alongside Schar. (6/10)

Ricardo Rodriguez: Got forward well whenever possible and was a good outlet for Switzerland. Struggled when Oxlade-Chamberlain really tried to attack him, but dealt with the Arsenal winger well for the most part. (6/10)


Gokhan Inler: A steady, calming presence in the middle of the park for his side. Broke up attacks effectively and got the visitors moving in the right direction again. (6/10)

Valon Behrami: Played his part in what was an even midfield battle, with neither side able to gain complete control of the middle of the park. Closed down well and limited England's time on the ball. (6/10)

Granit Xhaka: Unfortunate to give away what was a questionable penalty for a foul on Sterling. Set up Switzerland's best chance of the match with a through-ball to Shaqiri and had a header of his own saved at the near post. (6/10)


Xherdan Shaqiri: Switzerland's brightest attacker and the only player that really looked like breaching the England defence. Was heavily involved during his side's spell on top, but was unable to make the most of their best chance of the game. (7/10)

Josip Drmic: Showed decent movement but never actually troubled the England goal. Had one good shooting chance at the end of the first half, but dragged his effort wide. (5/10)

Valentin Stocker: Anonymous for long spells of the game. Simply couldn't get into the match and failed to cause Joe Hart any problems whatsoever. (5/10)


Breel Embolo: Introduced shortly after the hour mark but, despite seeing a fair amount of the ball, put in a rather ineffective cameo display. (5/10)

Haris Seferovic: On for Stocker with just under 20 minutes remaining but could not help Switzerland to get back into the match. (6/10)

Blerim Dzemaili: Replaced Behrami in the 79th minute and didn't really have enough time to make a substantial impact. (6/10)

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Wayne Rooney of England celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015
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