England player ratings as Grealish stars in victory over Republic of Ireland


Harry Maguire captained England to victory against Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

Maguire was left out of the Three Lions squad by Gareth Southgate in September following his arrest in Mykonos.

But he wore the armband and opened the scoring in a comfortable win.

The Manchester United man was also rock solid defensively, as he made up for his last outing at Wembley when he was sent off in a 1-0 defeat against Denmark.

After Maguire’s early header, England were in complete control. Jadon Sancho added a second before the break, before Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half penalty wrapped things up.

Here are John Cross’ player ratings from Wembley…



England were too good on the night

Nick Pope 6

Little chance to impress in his 45 minute audition. Henderson got second half.

Michael Keane 7

His form this season has warranted more opportunities. Grasped this one.

Harry Maguire 8

Wore the armband, scored an opener, this was redemption of sorts.



Harry Maguire gets England on their way

Tyrone Mings 7

Spoke with authority and confidence this week – played with it as well.

Reece James 7

Has a mix of everything – strong defensively, good crosser. Terrific talent.

Mason Mount 7

Showed it doesn’t have to be either or with Grealish. Both played well.



Mount did well in a deep midfield role

Harry Winks 8

Assist for Maguire’s opener, offered good quality in England’s midfield.

Bukayo Saka 7

More confident than last outing. Denied by Randolph and won a penalty.

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Jadon Sancho 7

Scored with nice mix of close control, trickery and inch perfect finish.

Jack Grealish 9 MOTM

Socks rolled down, running everywhere, assist, another eye catching display.



Another excellent showing

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 7

Looked lively as he led the again, proving to be excellent back-up, top penalty.

Substitutes

Dean Henderson (Pope, 46 mins) 6

Phil Foden (Grealish, 61 mins) 6

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Mings, 61 mins) 6

Tammy Abraham (Calvert-Lewin, 62 mins) 6

Jude Bellingham (Mount, 73 mins) 6

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