England get a point in Turkey and book their tickets to Portugal next year, we l
England get a point in Turkey and book their tickets to Portugal next year, we look at the individual performances of all 14 England players in Istanbul...
1. David James
Is now accepted as the number one and deserves the shirt. Well placed for every Turkey try and made them look tame. One corner did cause him concern and his kicking wasn't the best, but never to the extent that it would harm the scoreline.
2. Gary Neville
A solid match for Neville who used his experience to help England get what they wanted. The preservation of a clean-sheet was his, and the team's, aim and only headed forward a couple of times. Did have a shot though, but it was blocked.
Usually a good offensive option, Cole was more than happy to sit back and defend. Rarely raided forward but didn't put a foot wrong as England held very strong indeed.
4. Steven Gerrard
What a player. Still yet to understand what an England defeat feels like and when he is in this form you know why. A huge attacking influence in the first half as he kept demanding the ball and when the Turks realised that they were heading for the play-offs, he was back to help snuff their attempts out.
5. John Terry
If he was a Turkish striker, he'd have had a bag full, but instead he prevented them from getting too carried away with their possession. Was on the end of nearly every speculative Turkey forward pass and cleared to safety showing just what a good defender he is becoming.
6. Sol Campbell
A fine defensive performance, despite an early scare, which saw him deflect a cross goalward. But from then on formed a great alliance with Terry which kept Turkey at bay and restricted them to shots from a long way away.
7. David Beckham (c)
The penalty miss was just unfortunate, but it summed up the early part of his match. Usually so dangerous out wide, many of his deliveries were easily dealt with. However, his defensive qualities came out as he made another obstacle for Turkey to get around. He just can't keep away from Iberians.
8. Paul Scholes
The Premier League form-man was simmering in midfield and almost opened the scoring just after the penalty-miss. Another option going forward, but made sure he was behind the ball whenever the home side had possession.
9. Wayne Rooney
Wayne would have enjoyed this one. He was very keen to add to his 2 goals in 2 games and looked lively throughout his 72 minutes. The big-lad Alpay found the teenager difficult to deal with and to shrug off the ball.
Gave Alpay and Bulent something to think about in the first period, his runs and movement provided England with an outlet in the Turkish half. Never recovered from a second half knock.
The midfield anchor-man was silent but deadly. When the Turks had evaded Scholes, Beckham and Gerrard, they still had Mancester United man Butt to contend with. He ruffled feathers and upset the play, but did make one silly foul just before the break.
18. Darius Vassell (on for Heskey)
Lively. Darius came very close on one occasion but his placed effort went just wide. Another good England display and he'll be one player returning to Villa Park a happy man.
17. Kieron Dyer (on for
Supplied Beckham with a cross to score but was offside. Suffered a kick to the face from Recber for his troubles moments later. Very offensive.
17. Frank Lampard (on for Scholes)
Touched the ball twice in his four minutes at the end. But England are going to Portugal...
by Jamie Bradbury