England beat Macedonia and we take a look at each player one by o
How they did: England beat Macedonia and we take a look at each player one by one
1. David James
Good hands. Caught everything that came his way and made what would have been a superb stop from Hristov's effort had luck not gone against him. Instead the ball rebounded the wrong side of the post for one-nil.
2. Gary Neville
Typical. A solid Gary Neville performance who seemed to enjoy linking up with Beckham again. Never really threatened he was able to get forward and deliversome dangerous crosses.
3. Ashley Cole
Was caught out for the Macedonia goal when a long-ball beat his off-side trap. Failed to cause trouble down the left, but did show occasional flashes with runs into the box.
4. Owen Hargreaves
Honest. A very hard-working display from the Bayern Munich man who is looking a great find for England. Had some nice touches and was difficult to dispossess making a number of exciting runs down the left-hand side. More experienced than many would perhaps think.
5. John Terry
Coming along nicely. A strong performance at the back and looks like becoming a fine England player. Maybe a little raw, but is settling into the full side very well and will learn from Campbell. Skills inside the box that were too much for the Macedonian substitute won the match-winning penalty.
6. Sol Campbell
Brick wall. Will be disappointed not to have cleared the cross that led to Macedonia's goal, but made up for it with his physical presence and experience blocking out the home attackers giving them no where to go.
7. David Beckham (c)
Inspirational. Another game, another penalty, another goal. Beckham was all over the pitch and the wind in his ears would have muffled the boos from the home crowd. His second half winner from the spot did the same. Though we didn't see many of his trademark crosses, his all round effort spurred his team on.
8. Frank Lampard
Wanted to make the midfield berth his own, but was unable to unlock the Macedonian's defence. Gave the ball away and almost put Sakiri clean through. A less subtle approach was required, but he'll have more chances to prove himself. Made way for Heskey as the break.
9. Wayne Rooney
Busy. Difficult first-half under close guard from his marker, but a player of his ability needs to be tended at all times. When he was let free from his shackles on the 54th minute his fine strike pulled England level.
10. Michael Owen
Terror. Although Owen didn't score, he gave the Macedonians a lot to think about dropping deep and peeling off into space. No real clear-cut chances, but did test the keeper on a couple of occasions.
11. Nicky Butt
Uncomplicated. Patrolled the midfield with simple passes retaining possession for England. Didn't really hurt Macedonia linking up with the forwards, but protected his own back four.
18. Emile Heskey (for Lampard 46')
The spark. Yet another fine performance in an England shirt. Today his job was to give England's midfield an outlet to hold the ball up front. He did that perfectly, never losing the ball once, and set up Rooney's first England goal.
12. Phil Neville (for Rooney 74')
Keen to get involved, but didn't see much of the ball in his few minutes on the pitch. Was brought on to add strength to the midfield.
16. Kieron Dyer (for Owen 85')
Not enough time to have an impact, his attacking style will be required in future matches, today the damage had been done.
From Jamie Bradbury