England 4-0 Moldova: Player grades

Posted by Michael Wade

Danny Welbeck celebrates after putting England into a 4-0 lead.GettyImagesDanny Welbeck scored twice and was England's star man against Moldova.

LONDON -- England breezed past Moldova in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win. Michael Wade was at Wembley to deliver his verdict on the individual performances of the Three Lions' players.

JOE HART: 5/10 Largely untested and subsequently unable to answer recent criticisms. Hesitant with distribution but sturdy when called upon.

KYLE WALKER: 4/10 Unconvincing performance from someone who should be looking to make a name for himself. Didn't show for the ball enough or attempt to get involved. Solid performance but little more.

GARY CAHILL: 5/10 Needs a more experienced partner alongside him if he is to push on and fulfill his potential. A sign of England's lack of depth in central defence.

PHIL JAGIELKA: 5/10 Not comfortable or economic in possession, limiting Gerrard's effectiveness. Coped against Moldova but will be found out during a bigger game.

ASHLEY COLE: 6/10 Mr. Consistent enjoyed a quiet night. Didn't put a foot wrong forward, but not a star performance.

Steven Gerrard celebrates giving England the early lead.
PA PhotosSteven Gerrard celebrates after giving England the early lead.

STEVEN GERRARD: 7/10 Forced to sit deep and cover for a lack of defensive class around him. A composed captain's performance was summed up by the early opening goal.

JACK WILSHERE: 5/10 Tenacious and showed signs of his best form, but lacking the fitness and cutting edge to truly shine. Showed a glimpse of his ability with a swashbuckling run into the box on 24 minutes.

FRANK LAMPARD: 5/10 Tidy in his 99th appearance for the national side and generous in assisting the opening goal. Will be disappointed not to have scored after missing several chances.

THEO WALCOTT: 5/10 A reasonably quiet game from someone who has come on in leaps and bounds for England. Will need more against Ukraine.

DANNY WELBECK: 8/10 A changed man after the first-half booking that ruled him out of the game against Ukraine on Tuesday. Two cool finishes and a mature performance hint that he is on his way to becoming a key part of the team.

RICKIE LAMBERT: 7/10 Full of enthusiasm and running and was rewarded with a second international goal. A certain starter in Ukraine, where England's debilitated front line will need another all-action performance.


LEIGHTON BAINES: 7/10 Energetic and committed. Got forward and showed willingly. Kept the pressure on Ashley Cole.

ROSS BARKLEY: 7/10 Unfazed on the big stage, keen to get involved with a neat eye for a pass. Announced himself with a strong run and shot on 75 minutes. More to come from this precocious youngster.

JAMES MILNER: 5/10 The versatile Man City midfielder has taken on the role of Roy Hodgson's go-to guy when a calm head is needed. Put in a solid shift.

ENGLAND: 7/10 Overall, Roy Hodgson's men did enough to take the points at a canter and give the crowd hope of a positive finish to qualification, even without Wayne Rooney.

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