England’s World Cup win over Colombia won’t be forgotten quickly.
It may not have been the most exciting match for the neutrals, but it was about as tense as it could get for Three Lions supporters – especially as the 1-1 draw evolved into a painful penalty shootout. Eventually though, Gareth Southgate’s side overcame their shootout hoodoo in a way that’s only elevated the level of belief surrounding this promising England team.
After the dramatic win, we asked England supporters to issue player ratings for each of those involved. Here’s a rundown of the four players who impressed them most, picking up the highest average scores, along with our readers’ Man of the Match.
Harry Maguire – 7: An absolute beast at the back yet ever-elegant on the ball, Maguire’s performance levels shifted up a gear amid the heated test of a World Cup knockout clash. Even in extra time, the Leicester City centre-back was still winning headers, making forward passes and surging into midfield with powerful dribbles. He’s made England’s left centre-back berth his own at this tournament.
Jordan Pickford – 7.4: Claims of being perennially disadvantaged by a 6 foot 1 frame seem a lifetime ago now, after two incredible saves from Everton’s No.1. The first came just before Colombia equalised when Pickford parried a powerful shot destined for the top corner around the post. The second came in the penalty shootout, when the Englishman stuck out an arm mid-dive to give the advantage to the Three Lions.
Kieran Trippier – 7.5: Probably England’s breakout star of the tournament, not least because his creative qualities have been at the heart of almost everything the Three Lions have done going forward. He created five chances against Colombia, the most of any player on the pitch, and netted an impressive penalty as well.
Harry Kane – 7.8: The Tottenham star may have scored just once from open play so far at this World Cup, and even that was fortunate, but he’s been ruthlessly clinical from the spot, scoring in both normal time and the penalty shootout. Throw in some excellent centre-forward play, winning eleven headers and nine fouls, and it’s no surprise Kane’s taken our readers’ Man of the Match award.