Who in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad shone and who was a damp squib?
Joe Hart: 8/10
The Manchester City ‘keeper unfairly beat himself up over his failure to stop any of Italy’s spot-kicks. But as soon as Andrea Pirlo dinked his down the middle, the Azzuri were oozing confidence and there was little he could do. After a nervous start against France, he exuded confidence and spared English embarrassment a number of times.
Glen Johnson: 8/10
Prior to the finals, many commentators preferred the absent Micah Richards or the injured Kyle Walker for the right-back spot but Liverpool’s Johnson acquitted himself admirably and was arguably one of England’s best performers. He made several last ditched tackles and blocks, looked good going forward and was unlucky not to score against Italy.
Ashley Cole: 6/10
Cole was as consistent as ever defensively and did particularly well faced with Mathieu Debuchy and Frank Ribery in England’s opener against France. But he was less effective than usual going forward and was running on empty against Italy, suggesting that age or a long season with Chelsea had caught up with him. The penalty miss was out of character but the 31-year-old hardly looked able to complete the run up.
John Terry: 7/10
Terry performed heroics at times and his “clearance” against Ukraine epitomised his tournament. However, as the senior centre-back, the Chelsea skipper has to take some responsibility for the twenty-minute shambles at the back against Sweden, while Mario Balotelli got in behind him with ridiculous consistency and ease against the Italians.
Joleon Lescott: 7/10
Overall the Man City stopper had a solid tournament that started so well with a towering headed goal against the French. He marshalled clubmate Mario Balotelli well in the quarter-finals but lacks the presence and ability on the ball of his predecessor, the overlooked Rio Ferdinand.