Player Ratings: Estonia 0-1 England

Sports Mole rates and slates the top performers in England's Group E Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

England still have a 100% record in Euro 2016 qualifying after they limped to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Estonia in Tallinn this evening.

Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal, his 43rd for the Three Lions, with a 73rd-minute free kick to put England clear in Group E on nine points.

Below, Sports Mole gives each player a mark out of 10 for their display at the A. Le Coq Arena.


Wayne Rooney of England is pursued by Karol Mets of Estonia during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Estonia and England at A. Le Coq Arena on October 12, 2014© Getty Images

ESTONIA

Goal

Sergei Pareiko: Would have expected a much busier night, but wasn't tested that often. Perhaps should have clawed out Rooney's free kick, but then made a fine save in stoppage time to keep out the England forward. (6/10)

Defence

Enar Jaager: Strong in the tackle and also got forward when he could. (7/10)

Igor Morozov: Wasn't troubled that often by England's frontline and made no key mistakes. (6/10)

Ragnar Klavan: Sent off in the 48th minute. It was idiotic from the skipper when he wiped out Fabian Delph after already picking up a booking in the first half. Took away any slight chance that his side had to win the game. (4/10)

Artur Pikk: Good in the air and strong in the tackle from the left-back, who didn't have too much to deal with given England's narrow formation. (6/10)

Midfield

Karol Mets: Overrun by England's sharp movement in the first half, but improved after half time and broke up play on a few occasions. (6/10)

Ilja Antonov: Didn't see too much of the ball and probably had to do more defending than he would have liked. (6/10)

Konstantin Vassiljev: Taken off at half time after struggling to deal with England's quick passing in the opening 45. (5/10)

Martin Vunk: Committed a few niggly fouls and conceded the needless free kick that Rooney curled home. Also produced the worst shot of qualifying so far with a sliced effort that comfortably went out for a throw-in. Came off late on. (4/10)

Sergei Zenjov: The Blackpool man barely saw the ball, but looked fairly assured when it came his way. Taken off with 10 minutes left. (6/10)

Attack

Henri Anier: Isolated for much of the game but did produce one good run and cross in the second half. Unfortunately, there was no other blue shirts in the box to challenge for it. (6/10)

Substitutes

Joel Lindpere: Came on at the break and made a number of tackles in the middle. (6/10)

Henrik Ojamaa: Barely saw the ball in the final 10 minutes. (6/10)

Dmitri Kruglov: Tried his luck with a free kick after coming on but it was a tame effort. (6/10)


Wayne Rooney of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal from a free kick during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Estonia and England at A. Le Coq Arena on October 12, 2014© Getty Images

ENGLAND

Goal

Joe Hart: Watched an early shot flash into his side-netting but then didn't have to make a save until late on when a 40-yard free kick dribbled his way. Another easy night between the sticks for the Manchester City stopper. (6/10)

Defence

Calum Chambers: Produced a couple of great crosses, but was wasteful in possession on a number of occasions and should have tried to get forward more. (5/10)

Gary Cahill: Rarely troubled and probably should have received at least one yellow card for a couple of dodgy challenges. (6/10)

Phil Jagielka: Solid as a rock from the Everton man, who was dominant - especially in the air. (6/10)

Leighton Baines: Like Chambers, probably should have tried to get forward more as the midfield diamond was quite narrow. Some good, some not so good set-piece deliveries from the usually-reliable left-back. (6/10)

Midfield

Fabian Delph: A fairly quiet game from the Aston Villa man, who was making his return to the starting lineup. It was his burst that led to Klavan's dismissal. Taken off after an hour despite some clever first-half movement and interplay. (6/10)

Jack Wilshere: The man of the match. Wilshere's surges from midfield were often the driving force for the visitors and he produced some excellent passes to set up chances that Rooney and co failed to convert. (8/10)

Jordan Henderson: The trio of Delph, Wilshere and Henderson were particularly effective in the first half. They always seemed to know where each other were on the field and cleverly positioned themselves to cause the most damage. Henderson was booked and soon removed, but the above trio is certainly an exciting one.(7/10)

Attack

Adam Lallana: Faded in and out of the game. Got into good positions, but struggled to find a killer final ball or good enough shot when required. (5/10)

Wayne Rooney: Might have scored the winner with a decent free kick, but was poor for the rest of the game. His first touch often let him down and he wasted several good chances. (5/10)

Danny Welbeck: Failed to score for the first time this qualifying campaign and looked a shadow of the player who netted both in last month's impressive win in Switzerland. Came off with 10 minutes on the clock and went straight down the tunnel with an apparent injury. (5/10)

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Injected some much-needed pace and looked bright in the final half an hour. Set up some good openings but should have done better with a free header. (7/10)

Raheem Sterling: Told manager Roy Hodgson that he was tired and so was dropped to the bench. Looked a little uninterested when he came on but still showed flashes of his quality. (6/10)

Rickie Lambert: Only had 10 minutes at the end and struggled to really make an impact. (6/10)


Wayne Rooney of England is pursued by Karol Mets of Estonia during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Estonia and England at A. Le Coq Arena on October 12, 2014
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