England player ratings from Slovenia match

James – confident throughout but didn’t have much to do anyway: 7

Johnson – lots of attacking play and mostly solid defending apart from rash early tackles: 7

Terry – one dodgy pass but atoned with superb second half block; steadfast, as always: 8

Upson – looked one paced at times; excellent tackle prevented a late Slovenia goal: 7

Cole – reliable and always ready to threaten defenders going forward: 7

Milner – fast and energetic on the right, he provided the outlet England have lacked: 8

Gerrard – missed a sitter but always looked a threat going forward: 8

Lampard – looked more lively but rarely threatened: 7

Barry – good passing and firm defensive work: 7

Rooney – still needs to find his touch but looked less deflated despite missing a sitter: 7

Defoe – took his goal well and only faded once the Hail Mary balls started coming his way: 8

Subs: Heskey (6), Cole (6)

This performance was such an improvement from the previous two games. More purpose, drive and imagination. Now let's see what the last 16 holds for England.

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