Player Ratings: Sweden 4 v 2 England

Player ratings for both sides as England are humiliated by Sweden Ibrahimovic in Stockholm. All ratings shown are out of 10.

Sweden

Starting XI

Andreas Isaksson The Sweden ‘keeper had an OK match, not making any noticeable mistakes but not pulling off anything special either. There wasn’t much he could have done about both England’s goals. 6

Andreas Granqvist Gave away numerous free kicks and was eventually booked around the hour mark for an ugly challenge on Wilshere. He was arguably at fault for Caulker’s goal, too. Not his greatest performance. 4

Jonas Olsson Made some important interceptions, but other than that had a fairly quiet game. 6

Mikael Lustig Didn’t seem to cope all that well with Young, and didn’t go forward enough to make an impact. 5

Martin Olsson Had an interesting battle with the lively debutant Sterling, and more often than not got the better of him. Probably Sweden’s best defender. 7

Alexander Kacaniklic The Fulham midfielder looked dangerous whenever he had the ball, consistently threatening the shaky England back line. Unfortunately his solid display was overshadowed by an Ibrahimovic masterclass. 8

Kim Kallstrom Made a crunching tackle early in the match on Sterling, but other than that was very quiet before being substituted on the hour mark. 6

Rasmus Elm Didn’t notice he was on the pitch in the first half, but looked good in the second, spraying some nice passes to his teammates. 6

Sebastian Larsson Put some decent balls into the England box from the right, and looked to be Sweden’s best hope for assists. 7

Mathias Ranegie Invisible to begin with, but did put in a peach of a cross for the first Sweden goal. An average showing. 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic By far the best player on the pitch. Scoring 4 goals against an international team ranked in the top 5 is no mean feat, but Ibrahimovic made it look easy. His fourth goal, a magnificent overhead lob from 30 yards will be found on YouTube compilations of best ever goals for years to come 10

Substitutes

Behrang Safari (Safari 46) 6

Anders Svensson (Kallstrom 61) 7

Mikael Antonsson (Granqvist 73) 6

Tobias Sana (Lustig 73) 5

Pontus Jansson (Larsson 85) N/A

Pontus Wernbloom (Ranegie 89) N/A

England

Starting XI

Joe Hart A day to forget for the England ‘keeper. Not much he could have done for the first goal, but will have been disappointed not to have done better for the second and third ones, and his header which let Ibrahimovic score his fourth was awful. 3

Leighton Baines England don’t seem to missing Ashley Cole much with Baines as his replacement. He will have wanted to do a little more with the ball when going forward. 6

Gary Cahill A poor performance from the Chelsea man; he has to take some of the blame for a couple of Sweden’s goals. Has work to do to fit into the England team seamlessly. 4

Steven Caulker The Spurs centre half looked decent on his debut. He was unlucky that his fantastic block was unable to stop Ibrahimovic scoring the first goal, and he made a nice run to get on the end of Gerrard’s ball and score England’s second. 7

Glen Johnson Decent going forward, but perhaps should have worked harder to track back for the first goal England conceded. A distinctly average showing. 5

Ashley Young Quiet to begin with, but grew in confidence after a beautiful cross for Welbeck’s goal. Switching him to the right after half time didn’t work and he was duly substituted. 6

Leon Osman At the ripe old age of 31, Osman is England’s third oldest debutant ever, but he put in a solid performance once he’d settled in. Not afraid to take on players and have a pop. 7

Steven Gerrard The England captain had a good performance on his 100th appearance. His delivery was consistently dangerous and the ball for Caulkers goal was sublime. Substituted around with a quarter of an hour to go. 7

Raheem Sterling A good showing from the 17-year-old on his debut. Sweden usually had two men on him, but the Liverpool lad still managed to find space. A bright prospect. 7

Tom Cleverley Had a great chance to open England’s account, when he might have found the net from Johnson’s cross. Other than that he was all but invisible. Disappointing. 4

Danny Welbeck He was on his own up front, but played nicely, and deserved his well-taken goal. Looked England’s best goal hope. 7

Substitutes

Jack Wilshere (Cleverley 61) 4

Daniel Sturridge (Young 61) 5

Ryan Shawcross (Caulker 74) 4

Carl Jenkinson (Johnson 74) 5

Tom Huddlestone (Gerrard 74) 5

Wilfried Zaha (Sterling 85) N/A

*N/A is placed where the player wasn’t on the pitch for long enough to give him a rating

footykicks Man of the Match

Zlatan Ibrahimovic There is simply no stopping him when he plays like this. Demolished England almost single-handedly by scoring 4 fine goals, including the best goal I have ever seen live.

14 thoughts on “Player Ratings: Sweden 4 v 2 England

  1. Although it was just a friendly match, this is a very big embarrassment for a team that is ranked so high globally. They were brought down by a single player that managed to score 4 times on them despite their being up at half-time, and if that is not embarrassing, I don’t know what is. England has not won the World Cup since 1966, and they haven’t even come close since then. They really need to up their game if they want to have a chance in the 2014 World Cup.

    • I agree, it was a very disappointing match from and England fan’s perspective. While I don’t think we have much of a chance in Rio, after that we might fare better; youngsters like Sterling, Wilshere, Welbeck et al look to be bright prospects for the future.

    • They should never have been ranked that high in the first place, it was completely absurd. There are many teams ranked below England who are better than England (Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, France, Belgium, Sweden [clearly], and probably the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Chile, Mexico, and even the US.

    • I think that Cleverley has potential to be a great player, but at the moment he isn’t up to international standard imo. Who did he score 23 goals for last season? From what I can make out he’s only scored 19 during his first team career.
      Don’t agree with it, but it’s an interesting article you posted nevertheless.

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