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England National Team 2014 Report: Roy Hodgson’s Players All Rated, With New Captain Wayne Rooney Top Of The Class

Hart and Cahill also score high, unlike dodgy Man United centre-back and injury-prone Liverpool full-back.

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It would be fair to say that it has been an eventful year for England’s national team.

Roy’s boys began 2014 with a 1-0 win over Denmark in March, followed by a 3-0 victory over Peru in May.

However, the Three Lions were unable to continue their fine Wembley form in Brazil.

After drawing with Ecuador and Honduras in pre-tournament friendlies, England were eliminated from the World Cup during the group phase, having mustered just one point from their games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Captain Steven Gerrard and long-serving midfielder Frank Lampard retired following the World Cup, with Wayne Rooney taking over as skipper.

Rooney’s reign has been flawless to date, with England winning all six games under his leadership. As a result, the Three Lions find themselves well-placed in Euro 2016 qualifying and high on morale, having just beaten fierce rivals Scotland in Glasgow.

The win over Scotland was England’s final fixture of 2014, so here’s our end of term reports on each of Roy’s boys.

Joe Hart – 8/10
England’s best goalkeeper by a huge margin. Four clean sheets in five matches says it all.

England Joe Hart

Ben Foster – 5/10
Played just twice in 2014: a shaky display in a 2-2 draw with Ecuador, followed by a steady showing in the 0-0 with Costa Rica.

Fraser Forster – 6/10
Some excellent club performances – first for Celtic and then Southampton – earned Forster his first England start of 2014 last week. He looked confident against Scotland and he is now Hart’s main – perhaps only – rival.

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