England ratings: Everything the Three Lions do goes through Saka but Chilwell offers precious little going forward

ENGLAND have picked up two wins out of two in their bid to reach Euro 2024.

After beating Italy 2-1 on Thursday, the Three Lions topped Ukraine twice at Wembley Stadium today.

Goals from Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane saw England beat Ukraine 2-0


Goals from Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane saw England beat Ukraine 2-0Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka both scored while Gareth Southgate’s men also kept clean sheets in a 2-0 win.

And there was even a debut for Brentford star Ivan Toney after Leicester’s James Maddison received his first international start.

But who was England’s best player that day? And did anyone forget a game?

Here is SunSport’s Jack Rosser providing his player ratings for England…


He had nothing to save or shout for as his back four prevented anything that got in his way.


Won the battle with Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk easily and set the tone in the early stages, dashing in front of him to carve out a couple of through balls.


The Manchester City man also combined well with Saka on the front foot, still charging forward in the final moments.


Had little to do in the first half, was sharp and alert in the penalty area when Ukraine got a little more adventurous after the break.


Was in the right place to block a Mykhailo Mudryk cross in one of Ukraine’s rare counterattacks in the first half and showed great composure on the ball.

James Maddison has done well in his first start for England


James Maddison has done well in his first start for EnglandCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun


Started with a rattling Ruslan Malinovskyl but was nervous early on on the ball and offered precious little going forward as his set pieces hardly tested the visitors.

The Chelsea man was solid at the back but a far cry from the rampaging full-back so often seen at Stamford Bridge, only gaining momentum in the final third in the final minutes.


The West Ham captain maintained a firm grip on the midfield struggle here after a stunning performance against Italy.

Rice sat at the base of a midfield three that allowed Henderson and Bellingham to keep pushing forward while wiping out any advances from those in yellow.


Henderson, who missed the trip to Napoli, was right back on the side and looked sharp on the edge of Ukraine’s box in the first half. He was rewarded for his efforts with an assist to Saka.

The influence faded somewhat as Ukraine picked up momentum after the break, but a solid performance.

Jude Bellingham once again impressed in midfield


Jude Bellingham once again impressed in midfieldCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun


A quiet first half but just after the break it started to cause problems, so much so that Georgiy Sudakov lost a boot trying to stop it.

After Phil Foden retired before kick-off following surgery, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder showed versatility as he hacked with Maddison on the left wing and switched positions.


It was all through the Arsenal man in the first half. Saka tested Ukraine’s defense before perfectly timing a cross to chip away the opening goal.

Minutes later he upped the ante, beating Mykola Matviyenko and deflecting his stunning shot into the far post.


Constantly alive and moving in his first start for England, the Leicester City man will have been hoping for more.

Worked his way into a number of good positions but just lacked the final pass or finish when needed.

Ivan Toney made his debut off the bench


Ivan Toney made his debut off the benchCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun


Had a couple of shots early and missed chances but showed why he is so dangerous with the opener.

Kane dropped low and swung a long ball to Saka before running to the back post where he was able to capitalize on his sloppy defense to go two to two on that break.


Ivan Toney (for Kane, 81 mins) – 6th

Not much time to impress in his England debut.

Jack Grealish (for Maddison, 85 mins) – 6

The only winger left after a string of disposals would have added nearly a third in stoppage time but his small effort was too close to the keeper.

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Conor Gallagher (for Bellingham, 85 minutes) – 7th

Came so close to a first England goal after catching a low cross from Chilwell which was sent straight to the keeper should have had an assist after Grealish set up in stoppage time.

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