England vs Wales, player ratings: Who impressed and who let the Wembley friendly pass them by?

Mike McGrath
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England's Conor Coady (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Dominic Calvert-Lewin - PA
England's Conor Coady (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Dominic Calvert-Lewin - PA

England took advantage of some slack Wales defending to record a 3-0 victory in their friendly at Wembley. Here, Mike McGrath runs the rule over both sets of players.

England (3-4-3) 

Nick Pope 6  

Excellent claim at the feet of Kieffer Moore, which saw him take a knee to the face. Confident handling on crosses.  

Joe Gomez 6

Had a couple of first-half moments when he looked uncomfortable but there were no errors and his long pass was a threat. 

Conor Coady 8

Good leadership at the heart of the defence. Was a threat at the other end too and went over the bar before scoring the second. 

Michael Keane 6

Did not look too troubled as he stated his case to be part of Gareth Southgate’s first-choice defence. Poor pass in second half almost let Wales in. 

Kieran Trippier 7

Captain for the night and showed how good his set-piece delivery is with the assist for the second goal. 

Kalvin Phillips 7  

Good delivery from set-pieces. Was not able to dictate the pace of the game as he does with Leeds but still used ball well and intercepted. 

Harry Winks 6  

Struggled to get on the ball to pick his passes, even though he did not lose the ball. Would have wanted more influence. 

Bukayo Saka 6 

Poor header to give a chance to Kieffer Moore and would have liked to have operated further up the pitch. 

England's Bukayo Saka (left) and Wales' Tyler Roberts battle for the ball during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium, - PA
England's Bukayo Saka (left) and Wales' Tyler Roberts battle for the ball during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium, - PA

Danny Ings 7

Spectacular overhead-kick goal. Good pressing of defenders and goalkeeper from the right flank and linked up well with a through ball for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 8 

Showed why Carlo Ancelotti has compared him to Filippo Inzaghi with his poacher’s header. Good movement behind Wales defence before that.

Jack Grealish 8
Provided cross for first goal but was seen helping his full-back at the other end seconds later. Took a battering but always wanted the ball. 

Subs: M Mount 6 (for Calvert-Lewin 58), D James 6 (for Trippier 58), T Mings 7 (for Gomez 58), J Ward-Prowse 6 (for Winks 76), A Maitland-Niles 6 (for Grealish 76), H Barnes 6 (for Saka 76) 

Subs (not used): D Henderson, M Rashford, T Alexander-Arnold, H Maguire, J Pickford, D Rice    

Wales (4-2-3-1)

Wayne Hennessey 6 

On the brink of overtaking Neville Southall as Wales’ most capped goalkeeper and could do nothing about the goals and good save from Saka. 

Connor Roberts 5

Got up and down the right flank but would have liked to have got more crosses over. Had a tough time facing Grealish. 

Joe Rodon 6

Looked like he was up for a physical battle with Calvert-Lewin and his team looked more secure with him in defence before he went off at half-time. 

Chris Mepham 5 

Moment of lost concentration saw him lose Calvert-Lewin for the opener, aftering sticking close to him before that. 

Ben Davies 6

Captain and looked to get his team forward as he carried the ball forward but ended up getting pulled out of position for the opener.  

Ethan Ampadu 5

Taken off early as a precaution as he was booked and he could have done more to stop Grealish’s cross for the opening goal. 

Danny Ings (R) of England in action against Ethan Ampadu (L) of Wales during the international friendly soccer match - Shutterstock
Danny Ings (R) of England in action against Ethan Ampadu (L) of Wales during the international friendly soccer match - Shutterstock

Joe Morrell 6  

Got stuck in and made it difficult for England to dominate in the first half before the goals went in. Was taken off himself to save him for later games. 

Jonny Williams 6

Moved his team forward with his runs and looked likely to create something in his attacking-midfield role. 

Tyler Roberts 6 

Good runs forward and then played up front after Moore picked up an injury. Looked to be positive when he got into the game. 

Rabbi Matondo 5

Found himself in deep positions when he would have liked to have been further forward.  

Kieffer Moore 6 

Flashed wide with Wales’ best chance in the first half and was a physical presence, causing problems, before picking up an injury and coming off. 

Subs: Neco Williams 6 (for Moore, 40), Ben Cabango 5 (for Rodon 45), Dylan Levitt 5 (for Morrell 45), W Vaulks 4 (for Ampadu 62), C Gunter 6 (for Roberts 73), M Smith 6 (for Williams 73) 

Subs (not used): D Ward, A Davies, B Johnson, R Norringham-Davies, D James, B Woodburn 

Booked: Roberts, Ampadu, Levitt