England v Wales – how the players rated

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Wales were denied a second win at Euro 2016 as England came from behind to claim victory in their much-hyped group game.

Gareth Bale put Chris Coleman’s side ahead before Jamie Vardy equalised and Daniel Sturridge scored a 91st-minute winner to take Roy Hodgson’s team top of Group B with four points.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses England’s performance, while BBC Wales Sport’s Dafydd Pritchard rates the Wales team after their dramatic encounter in Lens.

England

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Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – 4

Shocking attempt to keep out Gareth Bale’s free-kick. Poor.

Kyle Walker (right-back) – 7

Excellent attacking option. He has made the right-back spot his own and played his part as the pressure grew.

Gary Cahill (centre-back) – 6

Almost scored a first-half goal and was comfortable when defensive work needed to be done.

Chris Smalling (centre-back) – 6

Had very few uncomfortable moments as Wales failed to gather any real attacking momentum.

Danny Rose (left-back) – 6

Some shaky moments but again was an attacking force after the break as England pressed.

Eric Dier (midfielder) – 7

Very solid presence in midfield. Looks right at home in the defensive holding role. Can improve his passing, though.

Dele Alli (midfielder) – 6

Determined but with little real impact. However, still a class act in the making. Must keep out of trouble.

Adam Lallana (midfielder) – 7

Creative, one of England’s better players in that dreadful first half and warmly applauded by the fans when he was substituted.

Wayne Rooney (midfielder) – 8 – man of the match

England’s best and most composed player again. Very consistent in the first two games of Euro 2016. Huge influence on the team.

Harry Kane (striker) – 4

Looks tired and off the pace after a long season. Place now surely at risk against Slovakia.

Raheem Sterling (striker) – 4

Missed an early chance and got worse after that with his confidence seemingly low. Hooked at half-time and rightly so.

Substitutes

Jamie Vardy (for Sterling, 45 minutes) – 7

Energetic and got the goal that brought England to life as they finally found some attacking impetus.

Daniel Sturridge (for Kane, 45 minutes) – 8

The match winner. Always willing to try things and has the talent to be a Euro 2016 star.

Marcus Rashford (for Lallana, 73 minutes) – 6

Fearless in his cameo and showed some lovely touches. A golden future.

Wales

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Wayne Hennessey (goalkeeper) – 6

Having missed the first game with a back spasm, the Crystal Palace keeper made some decent saves but could not stop Vardy and Sturridge’s goals.

Chris Gunter (full-back) – 6

Tactically disciplined as England poured forward, his defensive duties made it almost impossible to help in attack.

James Chester (defender) – 7

Arguably the best player in Wales’ five-man defence, making several important interceptions, tackles and blocks.

Ashley Williams (defender) – 5

Early mistake almost gifted England a goal in the first minute, and it was his header which led to Vardy’s equaliser.

Ben Davies (defender) – 6

Perhaps lucky to avoid conceding a penalty for handball but gave a solid defensive display overall.

Neil Taylor (full-back) – 5

Had his hands full with Kyle Walker and Adam Lallana on England’s right. Defended sensibly and tried to give Wales an outlet on the left.

Joe Allen (midfielder) – 7

Screened the defence expertly and made good use of the precious little possession Wales had.

Joe Ledley (midfielder) – 5

Starting only 40 days after breaking his leg, the Crystal Palace midfielder was typically industrious.

Aaron Ramsey (midfielder) – 8

Worked tremendously hard, sacrificing his attacking instincts to play a pivotal role in a determined Welsh defensive effort.

Gareth Bale (striker) – 7

Not at his elusive best, the Real Madrid forward nevertheless struck with another free-kick and kept England’s defence on their toes.

Hal Robson-Kanu (striker) – 6

Recalled after scoring from the bench against Slovakia, he made himself a nuisance as he harried England’s defenders, albeit without offering an attacking threat.

Substitutes

David Edwards (for Ledley, 67 minutes) – 6

Replaced Ledley and ensured his work ethic was not missed with a similarly committed display.

Jonny Williams (for Robson-Kanu, 72 minutes) – 6

Like Edwards, ran relentlessly but did not have much of an opportunity to threaten in attack.

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