It certainly didn’t take long for England to suffer more World Cup misery. Cruising 1-0 against the U.S., Robert Green’s howler from Clint Dempsey’s speculative effort allowed the U.S. to tie England 1-1 in their opener Saturday. England controlled the game and had the better opportunities but was unable to find a winner in the second half. Don’t call it atonement, but Green did make a decent save to deny Jozy Altidore and keep it level. [ad#as3]
Mind you, he almost muffed that, too.
Below are DFB’s ratings:
Robert Green – 2. Chosen ahead of David James, Green somehow let Dempsey’s low shot from around 30 yards get past him in the 40th minute. The ball went off his gloves and agonizingly behind him. No excuses. It didn’t move and was tame. He stopped Altidore, but made hard work of it at the near post. He joins David Seaman, Paul Robinson and Scott Carson in England’s goalkeeping Hall of Shame.
Glen Johnson – 7. Johnson did what he does best, venture forward, linking up well with Aaron Lennon.
John Terry – 6. Terry didn’t do much wrong all night, handling the threat of Jozy Altidore well.
Ledley King – 5. King looked mostly assured alongside Terry until yet more injury woes saw him subbed at halftime. He was, though, beaten by Altidore to a header, fortunate the striker flubbed.
Ashley Cole – 7. Cole didn’t go forward as much as usual, keeping an eye on Landon Donovan, but was hardly troubled defensively. Rock solid.
Steven Gerrard – 7. What does Fabio Capello do when Gareth Barry returns? Stick Gerrard back on the left? Not on this display. He gave England the perfect start in the fourth minute and dictated proceedings.
Frank Lampard – 6. Lampard combined well with Gerrard in the center, for a change, and also gave the back four protection. However, he missed from close range late in the second. It’s the kind of chance he gobbles up at Chelsea.
Aaron Lennon – 7. Were you watching, Theo Walcott? This is how you do it. Lennon beat Carlos Bocanegra more than once, creating at least three good chances.
James Milner – 4. Milner has been ill of late. That has to be why he was poor before being subbed late in the first half. Milner wasn’t a threat going forward and couldn’t cope with Steve Cherundolo.
Emile Heskey – 7. Heskey didn’t have many fans before the game, but he sure won them over. Heskey set up Gerrard, won virtually every ball in the air and worked tirelessly. If he was in scoring form, he would have buried his great chance midway in the second half.
Wayne Rooney – 6. Rooney was nowhere to be seen in the first half but picked it up in the second. His cheeky attempt from distance almost caught Tim Howard off guard.
Jamie Carragher – 4. Carragher was beaten for pace by Altidore late in the second and was lucky not to get a second yellow. England’s lack of pace in center of defense is a worry.
Shaun Wright-Phillips – 4. Wright-Phillips ahead of Joe Cole? Wright-Phillips routinely lost possession and shot straight at Howard on a good chance in the second.
Peter Crouch – 5. Hardly had any time to make an impact, although he did win anything that came his way in the air.
Tim Howard – 8. Now that’s how you keep goal. Howard didn’t put a foot wrong. His handling was impeccable and there wasn’t a howler in sight.
Steve Cherundolo – 7. Cherundolo got the better of Milner early on and Cole, when he did venture forward, didn’t get past him.
Oguchi Onyewu – 5. For a guy who hasn’t played much this year, Onyewu wasn’t bad, getting better in the second half.
Jay DeMerit – 5. Like Onyewu, he improved in the second half. There was far too much space between DeMerit and Onyewu in the first. Then again, there was no way Heskey should have been clean through.
Carlos Bocanegra – 5. Bocanegra couldn’t cope with Lennon, as simple as that.
Michael Bradley – 5. Bradley didn’t get the chance to go forward, worrying about Gerrard and Lampard. But he was busy as usual.
Ricardo Clark – 5. Clark was just as busy, guarding the back four. Gerrard did beat him on England’s goal.
Landon Donovan – 6. Donovan’s pace didn’t trouble England, but twice his deliveries from set pieces were spot on. Technically was good.
Clint Dempsey – 6. Dempsey surprisingly had a muted game, yet he scored. Dempsey has never been afraid to shoot from distance, and it paid off for him.
Jozy Altidore – 6. Altidore should have scored in the first half, sending his free header wide. But he held up the ball well and skinned Carragher, stopped by Green. He probably should have shot across goal, though.
Robbie Findley – 4. Probably the most invisible player of the evening.
Stuart Holden – NA.
Edson Buddle – NA.