The Lionesses’ post FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 blues continued with another lacklustre performance, this time against Germany in front of a very vocal 77,768 record crowd at Wembley.
Mary Earps 5
Made herself big as Alexandra Popp’s early strike rattled the bar but flapped a little at the German forward’s header which led to the opening goal. Poor distribution was a hallmark of her performance but she got down to make one or two decent saves to keep it at 1-1. Could do nothing about the second goal.
Lucy Bronze 6
Displayed the dynamic runs and pressing which are a trademark of her play but unable to have any real influence on the game.
Leah Williamson 5
Poor decision making at times put her team under pressure and was peppered with crosses from the flanks which she struggled to deal with.
Steph Houghton 5
Looked vulnerable from crosses yet again, particularly when she lost her mark on Popp for the opening goal. After that, she looked much more assured in the air than inprevious England outings so there were signs of improvement. Was able to get some decent blocks in when Germany pushed for a winner but gave Klara Bull far too much space which allowed her to eventually break the deadlock.
Alex Greenwood 5
Consistantly over hit set pieces and lacked the driving runs into the final third which gave her the nod ahead of Demi Stokes.
Keira Walsh 6
Gave the ball away carelessly at times but proved why she was so sought after by Lyon in the summer with a wonderful deep cross to assist Ellen White with the England goal.
Jill Scott 5
Made a nuisance of herself on long balls from deep but was muscled off the ball too easily.
Jordan Nobbs 4
Struggled to impose herself on the game, having little impact when her team were crying out for a commanding midfield presence.
Nikita Parris 6
Down the right was where England got most of their joy and if a goal were to come, Parris looked like she’d be the instigator. That looked to be the case when she stepped up to take the penalty in the first half but her subsequent shot lacked the height and direction to beat the outstretched leg of the goalkeeper.
Beth Mead 6
Lucky not to have suffered serious injury on the half hour mark but it didn’t look to have phased her as she latched onto a lovely through ball to win England the penalty.
Ellen White 7
Was chasing shadows in the early part of the game but superb movement and an excellent first time finish amongst very few opportunities drew the Lionesses level at a crucial time.
Jodie Taylor 5 – Struggled to get into the game with England on the back foot and couldn’t make the key opportunity which came her way count
Georgia Stanway 5 – Little chance for the Manchester City youngster to make her mark
Rachel Daly 5 – Was virtually anonymous throughout her 17-minute cameo appearance
Lauren Hemp 5 – Lively and willing to get a tackle in but little chance to do what she does best
By Ryan Lee Gregory (@ryanleegregory)