That marked the first time England won the inaugural match at the Euro, because the Three Lions also took revenge for the defeat by Croatia in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
England player ratings
Jordan Pickford – 6.5 / 10
The Everton goalkeeper made a serious mistake with his foot, but Croatia also did not test him at night. In a solid display, the 27-year-old made two saves and scored one cross. Pickford’s leadership from behind played a key role in England, maintaining a clean list of confidence-building.
Kyle Walker – 6/10
A lot has been done about the situation of the right back in England, while the list of names for that position is seemingly endless. Still, Southgate opted for the most experienced option – Kyle Walker – only for a man from Manchester City who went on an indifferent trip.
The 31-year-old has given possession on 15 occasions, the most of any England player on the field. Although Walker was messy on the ball, he was relatively solid on defense and put Ivan Perišić in his pocket throughout the game.
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John Stones – 7/10
A top season has been made with Manchester City John Stones one of Southgate’s key players. Against Croatia, the central defender of England did not make a good mistake because he marched his team and ensured that they kept a precious clean sheet.
Tyrone Mings – 7/10
After several shaky outings against Romania and Austria, Mings performed to calm down his troubles. The Villa man dominantly won two-thirds of his duels, made four interceptions and three assists, and never dribbled.
Kieran Trippier – 7.5 / 10
Trippier’s involvement as an improvised left-back raised a lot of eyebrows, especially with Luke Shaw on the bench and Ben Chilwell cutting off the team. However, the 30-year-old played a key role in England’s victory. His delivery to Sterling over the top was England’s best escape from the Croatian press, while his 1in1 defense was flawless at night.
Declan Rice – 7/10
Basically the midfielder of England, Rice made a diligent performance. The 22-year-old had the task of “dirty” cleaning the ball in front of his defense and intercepting the ball, which he did with aplomb.
Calvin Philipps – 8/10
Set in the unknown role of central midfielder “box-to-box”, Yorkshireman introduced a world-class display. Phillips recorded an incredible 94% accuracy of the pass, did 66% of his dribbles, created one great chance and provided the most important assist for England’s winning goal.
Mason Mount – 7/10
Despite not playing a minute in the warm-up games in England, Southgate pushed Mount straight into the starting XI and with good reason. The 22-year-old is a generational talent who can play anywhere in the top six.
Against Croatia, the young man turned mostly to the left to connect with Sterling, creating 2in1 overloads down that flank. His movements were difficult to follow, and the accuracy of the 93% pass was impressive.
Phil Foden – 6.5 / 10
At just 20, Foden shows maturity beyond his age. In the first five minutes of the game, the Manchester City star cut from the right and physicized a shot against the lumber. His influence in the game diminished after that point, but the young man could have a say in the tournament in the coming days.
Raheem Sterling – 8.5 / 10
After a mediocre home campaign, many doubted Raheem Sterling’s inclusion in the English team. However, his international manager never lost faith in him and started Sterling ahead of Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
The 26-year-old responded by scoring the only goal of the game and was a threat to the goal the entire game. The Brent kid performed on the big stage with a performance of ‘Man of the Match’.
Harry Kane – 6.5 / 10
Often seen falling deep into the middle, the England captain struggled to influence the game. Kane was limited to just one attempt to shoot the entire game before being substituted.
Replacement ratings in England
Marcus Rashford – N / A
Brought to Foden to add a few fresh legs to England’s attack, Rashford ended up playing through the middle, chasing every possible loose ball.
Jude Bellingham – N / A
The 17-year-old still defies all odds even being on the England team. However, he didn’t get much time that day to affect the game.
Dominic Calvert Lewin – N / A
Continuing with just two minutes to go, he barely touched the ball.